DOB – 04th August 1995
EVENT – DECATHLON
MEDAL – AFRICA GAMES 2015 BRAZAVILLE – BRONZE
PERSONAL BEST – 7764 POINTS
“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”.
Fredriech Pretorius lives in Pretoria and although his young age he can be considered one of the truly tough guys in South African athletics.
In 2012 at the SA Championships in Port Elizabeth he got the South Africa Record 6291 in the Octathlon event.
He represented South Africa in Zimbabwe Southern Region Championships coming first in the long jump.
His position in 2012 was right at the top of the IAAF World Youth ranking list Octathlon, 6th on all time list.
In 2013 he could not compete because of an injury, but in 2014 he came back with a new SA and Africa record Decathlon Junior Men with 7730 points.
In April 2014, in merely two weeks, he broke the South Africa and Africa decathlon records withjunior and senior implements.
Not many athletes will be able to equal this.
At the South Africa Senior Championships in Pretoria he bettered the national junior record with a total score of 7791 points, then at the 7th Africa Combined Events Meet & 19th international Meet in Bambous, Mauritius, he improved the National Junior record with senior implements with a total of 7572 points.
He was also the overall winner in Mauritius.
“Anybody who competes in decathlon events is justly rewarded. I sleep like a ‘baby’ after every competition.”
His life became quite hectic when he was selected to represent South Africa at the IAAF Junior World Championships (22-27 July) in Oregon, Eugene, as well as at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (23 July to 3 August).
He succeeded at the World Juniors in Oregon with a 7th position overall and with new personal best times in 6 events (100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump, high jump and shot put) out of 10.
A week later, still a junior competing in Senior Decathlon, he came 7th at the Commonwealth Games with a new SA and Africa Record for Junior with senior implements from 7572 to 7639 points and new PB in 400m, javelin and 1500m.
In 2014 he was 4th on the IAAF World Junior ranking list for Decathlon.
“Hurdling is where I score most of my points and pole vault is the discipline I enjoy the most.”
In 2015 he became the North Gauteng Champion for Decathlon with a new PB: 7791 points.
Later in the season he took part to the World Students Games in Korea ending with an 11th place and the Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo he got the bronze medal.
He currently is 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’ “
Octathlon6291Port Elizabeth14 Apr 2012 Decathlon7730Pretoria16 Mar 2014 7764Pretoria21 Mar 2015 Decathlon Junior7791Pretoria12 Apr 2014
“Winning means, you are willing to longer, work harder, give more than anyone else”.
IAAF World Junior Championships77689Eugene, Oregon23 Jul 2014Africa Games37186Brazzaville, CongoSep 2015