Eddie Hall has revealed that he thought he was going to die following his 500kg deadlift back in 2016.
Hall, also known as The Beast, collapsed and went blind following his world record attempt at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Blood poured out of his ears, nose and tear ducts immediately after breaking the world record, which was previously set at 465kg during the same event.
In the video, posted on Hall’s YouTube channel, the weightlifter explains how he passed out for a second time backstage and had to be checked by a paramedic.
“They put an ECG [heart sensor] on me to try and get a gauge of what my heart was doing, they couldn’t get one. By the fourth time that the paramedic is saying that his equipment’s faulty, you know it’s not faulty and that it’s you.
“It was at this point that I realised I was going blind. I lost the vision in the centre of my eyes… that’s when I got quite scared. I just laid down on my back and stared at the ceiling, I thought this is where I’m going to die.”
Hall eventually made a full recovery from the effects of his lift, but not without bleeding out of parts of his face first.
“People were wiping blood out of my ears, I had blood in my tear ducts in my eyes and I had blood coming out of my nose. It was pretty evident that I did something serious, like blowing something up in my head.”
The strongman even went as far as saying he thought he was going to die.
“It was at this point I realised I was actually going blind, I lost the vision in the centre of my eye, I couldn’t see around it.
“It was like an arc-eye effect, and that’s when I got quite scared.
“I remember laying down on my back and staring at the ceiling and this horrible, sort of hallway, behind the arena.
“Just staring at this commercial ceiling with all air ducts and everything, and I thought this is where I’m going to die.
“This is it, this is where Eddie Hall dies.”
Hall’s record stood for over three years, before his World’s Strongest Man rival Hafthor Bjornsson lifted 501kg earlier this month at his local gym in Iceland.
The pair are now set for a boxing super-fight in Las Vegas next year, after Bjornsson challenged his English rival to the bout.