FREDRIECH PRETORIUS

EVENT: DECATHLON

PROFILE

Nationality: RSA

Place of birth:

DOB: 4 August 1995

Club: Tuks

PERSONAL BESTS

DECATHLON: 8002 POINTS
100m: 10.74 sec
400m: 48.86 sec
1 500m: 4:25.28 sec
110 m Hurdles: 14.32 sec
High Jump: 2.04 m
Pole Vault: 4.90 m
Long Jump: 7.58 m
Shot Put: 13.69 m
Discus Throw: 42.28 m
Javelin Throw: 61.33 m

HONORS

DECATHLON: 8002 POINTS
100 m: 10.74 sec, Pretoria, March'17
400 m: 48.86 sec, Sasolburg, March'14
1 500 m: 4:25.28 sec, Durban, June '16
110 m Hurdles: 14.32 sec, Pretoria, March'17
High Jump: 2.04 m, Tuks, 2018
Pole Vault: 4.90 m, Gotzis, 2018
Long Jump: 7.58 m, Tuks, 2018
Shot Put: 13.69 m, Potchefstroom, April'17
Discus Throw: 42.28 m, Potchefstroom, May'14
Javelin Throw: 61.33 m, Tuks, 2017

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

DECATHLON: 7th, 7639, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 2014
DECATHLON: 1st, 7780, African Championships,  Durban, 2016
DECATHLON: 3rd, 7186, African Games, Brazzaville, 2015
DECATHLON: 6th, 7390, World Student Games, Taipei, 2017
DECATHLON: 7th, 7689, World Junior Championships, Eugene, 2014

BIOGRAPHY

“I am well aware of the fact that my body will have to take severe punishment, but I feel up to the challenge. I firmly believe that anything that does not kill you makes you stronger”.

After showing promise from an early age, Fredriech Pretorius has lived up to the hype, and his impressive rise up the domestic ranks has seen him take the throne as South Africa's most versatile track and field athlete.

Competing in the grueling decathlon event, comprising of 10 separate disciplines over two days of competition, Pretorius has not only found consistency but he is already on the verge of joining the exclusive ranks of the global elite.

In 2014, at the age of 18, he turned heads with a remarkable double performance at international level. First he finished seventh at the World Junior Championships, setting a national U-20 record of 7689 points, and just five days later he was carrying the SA flag at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he again took seventh place against senior opponents.

 

“Anybody who competes in decathlon events is justly rewarded. I sleep like a ‘baby’ after every competition.”

The following year he earned his first major medal at senior level, grabbing bronze at the African Games, and while his 2016 campaign was disrupted by multiple injuries and elbow surgery, he went even better by securing gold at the African Championships held on home soil.

At the 2017 Gauteng North provincial championships he shattered a significant barrier by becoming only the second South African to earn 8000 points in a decathlon contest when he raked in 8002.

With that performance in the bag, and having cemented his place as the continent's best combined events athlete, Pretorius is among the country's most exciting prospects.

If he continues on his upward trajectory, he will soon make a real impact at the highest level of the sport.

He is currently ranked 2nd on all time list in South Africa.
"Every athlete starts the event knowing that he is going to suffer, but the big question is just how much he has left in the ‘tank’ "

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