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Powerlifting takes centre stage

Twenty local powerlifters descended on West Workout Gym in Somerset West to participate in Pure Raw Powerlifting’s Push-Pull-Strict Curl Competition on Saturday 1 December.

The participating field featured 10 new lifters and 10 seasoned ones, who provided the small crowd with spectacular entertainment, which included new personal bests and South African records.

The women launched the competition, competing in the 75 kg and 82,5 kg divisions. Amy Rheeder, a new lifter to the platform, pushed a 50 kg bench press, pulled a 100 kg deadlift and completed a 25 kg strict curl in the 75 kg division. Her combined weight tally of 175 kg made her the overall women’s winner on the day.

In the 82,5 kg category, Juanita Baxter’s 40 kg bench press, 75 kg deadlift and her 22,5 kg strict curl gave her a total of 137,5 kg – a great start for a novice lifter.

In the men’s competition, Jonathan Robinson took the 67,5 kg class with a 75 kg bench press, 190 kg deadlift and 45 kg strict curl.

A total of five lifters participated in the 75 kg junior division, with Wihan Voges breaking the national strict curl record in the sub-junior division with a 40 kg attempt.

He finished in fourth place overall in the junior division. Wikus Smith, placed third in junior division, was narrowly edged by Shaun Willemse with his SA record of 55 kg on the strict curl.

Stephan Charles won the 75 kg junior division with a 105 kg bench press, 225 kg deadlift and a 50 kg strict curl – all national records – giving him an overall total of 380 kg.

Remi Fredericks won the senior category thanks to a 120 kg bench press, 270 kg deadlift (national record) and 55 kg strict curl. His total of 445 kg saw him claim the title of senior lifter of the day.

In the 82 kg division two lifters battled it out, which ended in a draw. Junior Moore managed to achieve a 100 kg bench press, 175 kg deadlift and 45 kg strict curl, while Marno Erasmus got a 105 kg bench press, 165 kg deadlift and 50 kg strict curl. Both lifters got a 320 kg total, but Erasmus’ lighter weight made him the overall division winner.

The 90 kg category was claimed by Duanne Sales, followed by Adriaan Botha in second and JP Oosthuizen in third. Sales recorded a 135 kg bench press (national record), 220 kg deadlift and 57,5 kg strict curl. His total of 425 kg was also a record.

In the 100 kg division Louw Langeveldt, who also won the junior trophy, claimed the title. His impressive lifts were all SA junior records – 160 kg bench press, 260 kg deadlift and 57,5 kg strict curl. Cullen Middleton placed second, followed by Marius Botha.

André Engelbrecht and Riaan Visser battled it out in the 110 kg division, with Engelbrecht eventually winning with a total of 555 kg – 182,5 kg bench press, 300 kg deadlift and 72,5 kg strict curl – and three national records.

The competition organisers thanked all referees, spotters, loaders and scoreboard officials for aiding towards the day’s success as well as prize sponsors HMT and West Workout for the trophies and venue.

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