Thor 'The Mountain' Björnsson wins World's Strongest Man competition

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is finally the mightiest man on earth.

Björnsson officially won the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition on Sunday in the Philippines, officially becoming the World’s Strongest man after six years of barely missing out on a first-place finish.

“THE WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN 2018!” he posted on Instagram on Sunday, captioning a photo of himself hoisting the iconic gold trophy on the podium.

“Want to thank all of my family, friends and fans for supporting me along the way.”

Polish strongman Mateusz Kieliszkowski, a relative newcomer, placed second; vaunted strongman competitor Brian Shaw, who won the WSM in 2011, 2015, and 2106, placed third.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 14: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson attends a press conference during the Expo Fitness Mexico 2015 at Centro Banamex on August 14, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland after he won the Arnold Classic Professional Strongman competition during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 17: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson attends the 2015 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire on May 17, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 17: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson attends the 2015 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire on May 17, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 13 : Icelandic actor Thor Bjornsson poses during a promotional event for motor oil company in Istanbul, Turkey on October 13, 2016. (Photo by Veli Gurgah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland rests before the Max Overhead competition of the 2018 Worlds Strongest Man in Manila on May 5, 2018. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland lifts weights during the Max Overhead competition of the 2018 Worlds Strongest Man in Manila on May 5, 2018. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 15: Game of Thrones Actor Hafpor Julius Bjornsson visits Fox 29's 'Good Day' at FOX 29 Studio in Philadelphia, PA on May 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 15: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson participates in batting practice prior to the Phillies-Diamondbacks game on May 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 14: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson attends a press conference during the Expo Fitness Mexico 2015 at Centro Banamex on August 14, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland competes in the Arnold Classic Professional Strongman competition during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 15: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson participates in batting practice prior to the Phillies-Diamondbacks game on May 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 17: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson attends the 2015 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire on May 17, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 17: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson and dance choreographer and performer Samantha Diaz attend the 2015 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire on May 17, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 03: Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland) salutes the crowd after winning the Arnold Strongman Classic as part of the Arnold Sports Festival on March 3, 2018, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 15: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson participates in batting practice prior to the Phillies-Diamondbacks game on May 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 15: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson participates in batting practice prior to the Phillies-Diamondbacks game on May 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 16: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson attends the 2015 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire on May 16, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland lifts weights during the Max Overhead competition of the 2018 Worlds Strongest Man in Manila on May 5, 2018. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 15: Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (R) lifts up Phillie Phanatic while participating in batting practice prior to The Phillies-Diamondbacks game on May 15, 2015 in Philadelphia, United States. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 28, 2017: Icelandic professional strongman, actor Hafthor Bjornsson shows thumbs up at a press conference as part of the SN Pro Expo Forum 2017 international festival of sports and healthy lifestyle at the VDNKh exhibition centre. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
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Even as Björnsson has earned worldwide acclaim for his strongman career—and his skull-crushing appearances as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on Game of Thrones—the World’s Strongest Man title has long eluded him. The Icelandic strongman had finished atop the podium for six consecutive years—third, third, second, third, second, and an especially agonizing second in 2017—before finally claiming the gold this year.

British strongman Eddie “The Beast” Hall, who defeated Björnsson to win last year’s competition, applauded Bjornsson’s victory: "From one champion to another....Well done @thorbjornsson well deserved win!!!" Hall wrote on Instagram.

Here are some of the most impressive moments from Björnsson’s WSM 2018 win.

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