Hafthor Bjornsson who plays Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane in TV series Games of Thrones has won the World's Strongest Man competition. The man who stands at 206cm weighs a whopping 200kg had finished as runner-up the past two years. He came second thrice and third another three times over the years but had not won. Bjornsson has been competing in the event since 2011 and it was his dream to win the competition.

The 29-year-old won the WSM crown in the Philippines on Sunday. The former basketball player took to Instagram to thank his "family, friends and fans" for their continued support. Second place went to Poland's Mateusz Kieliszkowski, 6.5 points behind Bjornsson and Brian Shaw of the United States came third. Last year the title was won by Great Britain's Eddie Hall, who didn't compete this year. He handed over his title to Bjornsson following his shock retirement for health reasons.

The competition was a two-day event which included the vehicle deadlift, max overhead and loading race. The competition which is held over several days has many strength events in qualifying rounds and before the finals. Bjornsson won the Loading Race and Overhead Press in the finals. In the Loading Race, participants took heavy objects, each weighing 100 to 163 kg, onto the back of a truck. In an event called Atlas Stones, they had to lift heavy stones to a platform.

He took to Instagram thanking fans, friends and family for the win:

Watch video of the event here:

Bjornsson has also dominated Iceland's Strongest Man competition since 2011. The country is regarded as the historical home of the world's most powerful athletes, and Bjornsson is the first Icelander to win WSM since Magnus Ver Magnusson in 1996.

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