British strongman Eddie Hall, who is 6ft 3ins, 29-stone and aptly known as ‘the beast’ became the first human being in history to deadlift half a ton.
The feat very nearly killed him, a fact which he freely admitted.
A video of the near impossible, world record-breaking show of strength has been viewed almost three million times – less than 24 hours after Eddie posted it to his Facebook page.
Moments after breaking the record, impressive as it undoubtedly was, he fell to his knees, admitting later that he passed out. According to him, blood vessels in his head exploded and he briefly passed out.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“That nearly killed me. The pressure on my body was surreal. I passed out after. I had nose bleeds. It’s not healthy doing something like that. But I’ve done it. I’m sure it will be in the history books for a very long time. I don’t want to do it again but if it comes to the point where somebody breaks it, hell…I may just do.”
“It’s that great feeling, Like the first man on the moon, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. And now I’m the first to deadlift half a ton. It’s history and I’m very proud to be a part of it.
“The World’s Strongest Man title is my dream. And I will keep pushing the limits until that happens. It’s going to happen.”
Among the crowd of excited and encouraging spectators were his wife and two children.
His family could be seen looking quite worried in the intermission before he again got himself and got to his feet. He completed the challenge at the World Deadlift Championships at Leeds Arena and now he wants to move on to compete and win the World’s Strongest Man competition.