Pretorius sets up seven SA records
Records were sent tumbling on the Arnold Classic Africa platform when Port Elizabeth weightlifter Jayden Pretorius put on an Olympic lifting master class last Friday.
Pretorius claimed seven SA records in three divisions.
The 17-year-old prodigy posted a 117kg snatch and a 134kg clean and jerk, giving him a total of 251kg, securing gold in the youth, junior and senior divisions.
His snatch weight was a record-breaking lift as he set a national senior record to secure gold in the division.
His second place overall, behind Gordon Shaw, was due to the amount of weight lifted compared to his bodyweight across the entire competition, coach Pieter Pretorius said.
Jayden said: “It went very well for me.
“I knew what I had to do. I focused on myself and did what I needed to do.”
ECX Dragon teammate Luane Viljoen claimed gold in her division, and was the best overall junior and youth female lifter at the competition.Getting six lifts out of six, she posted a 53kg snatch, coupled with a 68kg clean and jerk, to give her a total of 121kg to secure gold. She was also named the best female youth and junior lifter.“I went there to make a statement, to show people who and what I am and I think I managed to do that,” she said.“I am very proud of this achievement, especially because it is my first time on the Arnold stage.“Nothing is ever perfect, there is always room for improvement. We constantly need to improve ourselves,” the 13-year-old said.Both lifters now turn their attention to upcoming national competitions as Pretorius prepares for the SA Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships, while Viljoen will compete at the SA U14, Youth and Junior championships coming up over the next few weeks.