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Pretorius and Co set records aplenty at nationals
- Updated: October 29, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
There were individual records aplenty as a record number of competitors took part in the South African Weightlifting Federation’s national championships in Bellville, Western Cape recently.
Categories contested ranged from Under-14 boys, youth boys and girls, junior men and women and senior men and women. Provinces in action were hosts Western Province, North West, Free State, Gauteng and Eastern Cape.
Two-time Commonwealth Games competitor Mona Pretorius was in fine form with three South African records.
‘SA’s went so well for me,’ the bubbly blonde from Port Elizabeth told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I got an 85 kilogram snatch and 105kg clean and jerk and a 190 total.
My previous best competition best was 82 and 102 for a 182 total and those were set at the Commowealth Championships in 2013.’
And the good news is that the success has spurred her on do even better. ‘I’m definitely still keeping my eyes on Rio and the 2016 Olympics and next up for us lifters are African championships.
‘I’m feeling motivated again and doing a little Crossfit in between for the conditioning.’
It will be remembered that Pretorius pulled a calf muscle in the warm-up phase of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and then had a frustrating time of it in this year’s Games in Glasgow, Scotland where she also failed to record a lift.
‘One of my goals now is to go and prep in America next year with my coach Dutch Lowy who is based in Fort Worth,Texas and then compete at world championships in Houston. I believe its important to be prepping with a coach and I haven’t done so for a few years now. And I think I’d like to make my last few years as a competitive athlete, my best years,’ she grinned.
Other highlights of the competition saw Beijing Olympian Darren Anthony making a return to competition after a two-year break to recover from injury. The rest seems to have done him no end of good as he set two new records in the 94kg division. And 2014 Commonwealth Games team member Gordon Shaw set two new junior records in the 105+ division as well as two new senior records.
Shaw and Pretorius were named senior champion of champions trophies while Gauteng won the senior men’s and women’s team trophies.
African Youth Games bronze medallist Enrique Christians, had more honours coming his way as he won the youth boys champion of champions.
Also during the championships the national weightlifting federation ran a refereeing course as well as an exam for technical officials.