Gerrit Badenhorst

Gerrit Badenhorst
Born (1962-10-10) 10 October 1962
South Africa De Aar, Northern Cape
Residence Bloemfontein, South Africa
Occupation Strongman, Powerlifting
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 305 lb (138 kg)
Spouse(s) Olivia Badenhorst
Competition record
Representing  South Africa
World's Strongest Man
4th 1992 World's Strongest Man
8th 1993 World's Strongest Man
4th 1994 World's Strongest Man
2nd 1995 World's Strongest Man
3rd 1996 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1997 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1998 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1999 World's Strongest Man
7th 2000 World's Strongest Man
IFSA Grand Prix's
2nd 1997 IFSA European Open
2nd 1999 Hungary Grand Prix
1st 1999 Holland Grand Prix
World Strongman Challenge
1st 1993
World Mighty Man
4th 1992
1st 1993
South Africa's Strongest Man
1st 1989
1st 1990
1st 1992
1st 1993
1st 1994
1st 1995
1st 1998
1st 2001
Representing  South Africa
WPC World Powerlifting Championships
1st 1988 +125kg
1st 1989 +125kg
1st 1990 +125kg

Gerrit Badenhorst (born 10 October 1962) is a former WPC world champion powerlifter and professional strongman competitor from South Africa.


Badenhorst was born on 10 October 1962 in De Aar, Northern Cape, South Africa.[1] As a sportsman he played rugby union, but excelled in the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting.

Before Badenhorst competed for South Africa internationally on the strongman stage, he first represented his country as a powerlifter. Between 1988 and 1990, Badenhorst won three world titles in the World Powerlifting Congress organization. In so doing, he broke world records in the squat at 450 kilograms (990 lb), and the deadlift at 402.5 kg (887.4 lb).[1] He also broke the world record in the total (squat+bench press+deadlift) of 1102.5 kg (2431 lb).

At first His world titles and world records led to him being acclaimed the greatest ever powerlifter at the time, with his totals having beaten the likes of Lars Noren, Don Reinhoudt and Bill Kazmaier. However Kazmaier, Noren and Rienhound did not utilized bench shirts when posting their totals. Lars Noren Posted his 1092.5kg total in the 1988 IPF World Championship, which was Drug tested. Having reached the pinnacle of the sport of powerlifting, a lack of financial incentive led him to strongman competitions.[1]


Badenhorst was eight times South Africa's Strongest Man.[2] Badenhorst was also a seven time World's Strongest Man finalist, coming second at the 1995 World's Strongest Man and third at the 1996 World's Strongest Man contests.[3]

In strength athletics Badenhorst had already made an impact in South Africa having been crowned South Africa's Strongest Man in 1989, 1990 and 1992. At the 1992 World's Strongest Man as a newcomer he placed fourth. In 1993 he won the highly regarded World Strongman Challenge and entered the 1993 World's Strongest Man contest as one of the favourites but had to retire due to an injury in the Pole Push.[1]

At the 1994 World's Strongest Man he again came fourth. Determined to improve, and having won South Africa's Strongest Man once again, he entered the 1995 World's Strongest Man as one of the favourites. Despite an injury sustained in the Bavarian stone lift during the qualifying heats, he came second overall to Magnus Ver Magnusson in the finals.[1] He competed in a further five World's Strongest Man contests, coming third in 1996, and 7th in 2000. Badenhorst won his heat at the 1998 World's Strongest Man and qualified for the final, but sustained an injury and was unable to compete.

Personal Records

Done in official WPC Powerlifting meets.

Personal life

Badenhorst married Olivia[3] and resides in Bloemfontein, South Africa.[1]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 David Webster, Sons of Samson - Volume 2, pages 74-5, (Ironmind Enterprises Inc: Nevada City), ISBN 0-926888-06-4
  2. "davidhorne-gripmaster". Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  3. 1 2 Biography at
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