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Pretorius lifts personal best on eve of World Champs in US
- Updated: November 12, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Commonwealth Games weightlifter Mona Pretorius has given her confidence a massive boost ahead of the IWF World Championships in Houston, Texas later this month.
Port Elizabeth based Pretorius headed west in mid-October to hone her technique in the critical period ahead of world’s and if her weekend form is anything to go by she’s right on top of her game.
‘I lifted in a meet just prior to worlds as a little tester and got new personal bests in competition with six out of six,’ she told Road to Rio 2016.
‘Getting to lift here in Texas is just awesome and I got a new lift time PB of 201kg to finally break the 200kg mark. There’s still some work to do and in two weeks its the big day.’
Worlds start on 19 November but Pretorius will only be in action between 22-24th.
‘So far I can only say amazing things about this place. And working with Dutch Lowy is just such a privilege. He’s an amazing coach and after four years of coaching me this is the first time that we’ve been able to work like this.’ She’ll be with Lowy after the champs as well, only scheduled to return on 9 December.
SA weightlifting coach Aveenash Pandoo will also be present at world’s to give Pretorius some extra support.
Pretorius, who was part of Team SA at both the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games went on: ‘I’m trying to cut weight and compete under 63kg and my hopes are to again get a 200kg+ total.’
South Africa had another lifter who qualified, Malmesbury’s Anrich Phillips who was a team-mate of Pretorius in Glasgow last year.
Phillips underwent surgery on his wrist after the Games and was also unable to attend due to be sick.
There was also the question of funding the trip to the US. ‘Unfortunately we had to pay 100% our own way for this trip and that came to around R25,000.’