Mondo Duplantis still looking forward to beating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m

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Mondo Duplantis still looking forward to beating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m

Abigael Wafula 18:18 - 28.05.2024

Mondo Duplantis' dream of beating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100m is still alive as he looks forward to racing against the Jamaican very soon.

Pole vault world record holder Mondo Duplantis is still confident that he will beat multiple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and he cannot wait to race against her.

In 2022, the duo was supposed to clash but the season ended without it happening and Duplantis has explained he is looking forward to race the 100m very soon.

They discussed this during a pre-race press conference of a Diamond League meeting in 2022 as they were on the same panel and the Olympic champion Duplantis noted that he would like to compete in the short sprint race, owing to the fact that he had run it in high school before.

During the press conference, the Jamaican sprint queen said: “Will you say you can do a 100m against me?” Duplantis replied to Fraser-Pryce’s question saying: “I would beat you, yeah.”

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Fraser-Pryce is known to be one of the most successful sprinters of all time and for Duplantis to beat her, he needs to put in all the work. During the time, the pair formalised their plans to race the 100m, and two years later, it is yet to happen with Duplantis looking forward to the same.

During a presser ahead of the Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czechia, he was asked about the 100m and his desire to compete in the race.

He said: “I’m still ready to do it. I have been wanting to run the 100m since 2018, when I ran it in high school. I hope I can do it sooner rather than later… It would not be until after the Olympics, but I would not like to do it too late to still be in shape.”

Fraser-Pryce is planning to retire this season, after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and she might just lock horns with the Swedish pole vaulter before then.