The English professional strongman Eddie Hall defies death as he sets a new world record over the weekend, becoming the first man in history to lift 500 kilograms. While his performance at the 2016 World Deadlift Championships in Leeds impressed the crowd, the deadlift almost killed him.

“That nearly killed me,” the 28-year-old strongman told the Yorkshire Evening Post during a video chat. “The pressure on my body was surreal. I passed out after. I had nose bleeds. It’s not healthy doing something like that.”

However, Eddie Hall is very proud of what he did. He likens the feeling of being the first person to deadlift half a ton  to that of becoming the first man to walk on the moon and the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.

His wife Alexandra, mother of their two children, the eight-year-old Layla and four-year-old Maximus clearly looked distressed but gave a smile as soon as Hall got back on his feet.

Hall gained international prominence after winning in England’s Strongest Man competition back in 2010. He has won every UK or Britain’s Strongest Man competition since then. Hall also joined the World’s Strongest Man competitions and came in fourth at the World’s Strongest Man competition last year, his best ranking to date.

Hall did not join Europe’s Strongest Man competition after his deadlift. However, fans were not disappointed after seeing the popular Icelandic professional strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who was dethroned by the former England and Britain’s Strongest Man Laurence Shahlaei.  Björnsson is also the actor who plays Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

The former Europe crown holder taunted fans that Iceland would beat England again, replicating the country’s success at Euro 2016. However, Björnsson was defeated, ranking second together with the Swedish strongman Johannes Arsjo.