Eddie “The Beast” Hall narrowly defeated The Mountain from “Game of Thrones” to win the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition, becoming the first Briton in 24 years to take home the prestigious title. After his victory, the 29-year-old Hall announced that he was retiring from the World’s Strongest Man competition because of “health and longevity to spending more time with his family.”
He made the announcement with an Instagram post that featured a screencap from “The Godfather.”
I can’t say how I’ve done at wsm but I can say I’m now retired from wsm! I’ll still be on the British scene for many years to come and I thank all my fans and sponsors and my family and friends to the moon and back.
Massive thanks to my wife who I dearly love and ow a lot of my success to her.
Also my manager Mo Chaudry not only changed my life for the better but one of my best friends.
The Beast was mightier than The Mountain during the World’s Strongest Man competition in Botswana. However, The Mountain believes he was robbed at WSM and refuses to accept the results. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson posted and then quickly deleted an Instagram photo with the caption: “This weekend I was robbed. The integrity of my beloved sport is in question.”
The Mountain did leave this Instagram post up.
Over nine days in Botswana, the two behemoths went back and forth swapping incredible feats of strength, and they were so equally as strong that the deciding factor turned out to be a single viking press rep. The Mountain and Hall managed 15 reps, but Björnsson was penalized for double dipping during hit last rep. Björnsson vehemently denies that he did so and if it had counted The Mountain would have been crowned World’s Strongest Man instead of being the runner-up to The Beast.
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