After an approximate one-year absence, Nicolaas du Preez returned to aggressive powerlifting, and it’s like he by no means left. On May 14, 2022, the powerlifter set a brand new competitors PR complete of 1037.5 kilograms (2287.3 kilos) in the course of the 2022 Rhino Powerlifting Club (RPC) Elite Raw in Praetoria, South Africa.

du Preez’s last prime complete consisted of a 430-kilogram (948-pound) squat, a 237.5-kilogram (523.6-pound) bench press, and a 370-kilogram (815.7-pound) deadlift. Notably, because the 125-kilogram South African powerlifter competed within the Raw W/Wraps division, that 430-kilogram (948-pound) squat can also be a Raw W/Wraps competitors PR. 

Check out footage of du Preez’s profitable squat from the meet beneath, through his Instagram profile:

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His new official marks in a sanctioned competitors apart, du Preez didn’t depart the 2022 RPC Elite Raw with out an unlucky blemish. On that squat PR, the powerlifter wrote in his Instagram publish that he tore his vastus medialis muscle (or decrease inside quad) whereas locking out the rep. 

While the injury gave the impression to be in depth, du Preez maintains he didn’t discover the harm till it was time to deadlift — possible placing a damper on his power showcase. du Preez tried to energy by means of along with his deadlift regardless of lacking a great portion of his leg power. However, dangerous fortune struck once more for the athlete. 

“I chose 400 kilograms [881.5 pounds] as my second attempt,” du Preez wrote. “But the quad tear made a proper leg drive really difficult. Also, I tore a lot of skin off both hands, so lockout was soft and premature. I know 400-plus is there at the next competition. I do need to invest more time in keeping my hands tough.”

What a tough flip of occasions. That du Preez was nonetheless capable of salvage a complete and squat w/wraps PR — regardless of his quad harm and grip troubles — may be a testomony to his health. 

Here are du Preez’s last elevate stats from the competitors:

Nicolaas du Preez (125KG) | 2022 RPC Elite Raw Stats | Raw W/Wraps

  • Squat — 430 kilograms (948 kilos) | New Competition PR
  • Bench Press — 237.5-kilogram (523.6 kilos)
  • Deadlift — 370-kilogram (815.7 kilos)
  • Total — 1037.5 kilograms (2287.3 kilos) | New Competition PR

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What Lies Ahead

At the time of this writing, du Preez has understandably not but introduced his subsequent skilled competitors. Though he has not confirmed the extent of his harm, he may want a while away from the health club to correctly get better.

Whenever du Preez steps onto the lifting platform once more, he’ll possible be in search of a measure of redemption. With two new PRs, the 2022 RPC Elite Raw was under no circumstances a failure for him, however within the context of his social media — it appears he believes he can do higher. 

Only time will inform whether or not du Preez’s subsequent activate the stage sees him exhibit all the facility he thinks he’s able to. 

Featured picture: @nicolaas_du_preez on Instagram