South Africa’s fourth medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games came in a small but powerful dose as weightlifter Mona Pretorius snatched the bronze medal in the women’s Under-63kg category on Saturday morning.
Pretorius finally got to complete a full competition on her third attempt at the Games, after making her debut in Melbourne 2006 as a teenager.
She claimed the bronze medal by lifting a total of 206kg courtesy of a 91kg snatch and a 115kg clean and jerk.
Gold medallist Maude Charron of Canada picked up a total of 220kg while England’s Zoe Smith earned silver with a total of 207kg.
“I told myself the hard work is done, and now it is just to have fun on the platform you know what to do and you came here to do a job,” Pretorius said.
“Breaking three South African records and being on the podium, I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”
Pretorius said she had a premonition that she would do well but did not expect to walk away with a medal.
“I can’t really say I expected the bronze medal, I was praying really hard for it, I worked hard for it and I knew I was there with the top girls,” Pretorius said.
“I visualised getting that medal and I visualised being on the podium so in a way I can say I did expect it but it is such a tough sport it can go either way.”