10 October 1962 |
De Aar, Orange Free State
|Residence||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||305 pounds (138 kg)|
|Competitor for 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|
|World Mighty Man|
|South Africa's Strongest Man|
|Competitor for South Africa|
|WPC World Powerlifting Championships|
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). He also broke the world record in the total (squat+bench press+deadlift) of 1102.5 kg (2431 lb).
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. Having reached the pinnacle of the sport of powerlifting, a lack of financial incentive led him to strongman competitions.
Badenhorst was eight times South Africa's Strongest Man. 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.
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.
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. 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.
- 8 times South Africa's Strongest Man (1989, 1990, 1992–1995, 1998 and 2001)
- 4th place 1992 World's Strongest Man
- 8th place (withdrew due to injury) 1993 World's Strongest Man
- 4th place 1994 World's Strongest Man
- 2nd place 1995 World's Strongest Man
- 3rd place 1996 World's Strongest Man
- 7th place 2000 World's Strongest Man
- DNP (qualified for finals, injured during heats) 1998 World's Strongest Man