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Mona makes her mark

By Mark Etheridge

Leading weightlifter Mona Pretorius was all power at the recent Commonwealth/African championships staged in Cape Town.

Originally from Port Elizabeth but having settled in Cape Town for some time now, the pocket rocket has banished memories of last year’s Commonwealth Games in New Dehi, India where she tore a calf muscle in the warm-up and was unable to compete.

“I lifted 180 kilograms in total and took bronze in the Commonwealth champs and silver in Africa,” Pretorius told Road to London 2012 this week.

“I also broke three SA senior records in my weight category. The 180kg is my best in that category. I did 77kg snatch and 103kg clean and jerk for that total of 180kg. I’ve done an 80kg snatch before but in the clean and jerk this was my best lift.”

Pretorius was competing in the Under-69kg, normally she’s an Under-63kg lifter.

“Moving down to Cape Town was a great opportunity for me but I’m ready to move abroad now [London has long been in her plans] or at least do an exchange programme over there which I believe will help my training enormously.”

Next up for Pretorius will be the Western Province championships in November “and I’m still waiting to hear when our next international competition will be held. My plans are still to try and qualify for the Olympics so its all still a work in progress.”