Finishing strong in the recently concluded World’s Strongest Man (WSM) 2018 competition held from April 28 to May 6 for the first time in the Philippines, this year’s champion Hafthor Bjornsson—along with finalists Martins Licis and Robert Oberst—took another challenge, this time to show the graceful side behind their superhuman strength.
In an evening of health, wellness, and beauty, which took place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Cove Manila, Okada, the “Grit and Glam” fashion show converged fitness and finesse. For the ‘catwalk challenge’, the World’s Strongest Men seemed to have faced their toughest opponents yet. Also present to showcase their runway skills were Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, Iris Mittenaere of France, and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, who were crowned Miss Universe in 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively.
The winning team was determined via the audience’s applause, and the queens emerged victorious. Prior the runway showdown, was the ‘dumbbell challenge’, where the first member of the team had to pass two dumbbells to the second until the last member reaches the center stage. The strongest men initially prevailed, but the ladies easily snatched the win on their second attempt as soon as they took off their high heels.
Concluding the night of brawn and beauty was another runway show featuring the Empire PH models, followed by a photo opportunity of all the special guests.
“We just want to say special thank you to the world’s strongest men. We had so much fun with you tonight,” reigning Miss Universe Nel-Peters said, who added that the event also aims to inspire hope for change, by turning the dreams of all young boys and girls into reality.
Over the weekend, the WSM 2018 final round took place. After conquering a series of extreme physical challenges, the 29-year-old Icelandic Bjornsson, also known as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, won and finished off with 51.5 points, the biggest lead since 2005.
Hafthor has been joining the WSM 2018 for the last six years and has always placed second or third place. Standing at 6’9”, he also currently holds the world record for heaviest deadlift at 1,041 pounds.
Originally published in Manila Bulletin Sports Online.