Updated 19:46 | Posted 19:32
There has been talk of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Karsten Warholm.
But shouldn’t Mondo Duplantis challenge Sha’Carri Richardson in the 100 meters instead?
– It actually sounds more logical, he says.
After his new world record last night, the Swedish superstar was interviewed by the site Citius Mag, which closely monitors the running disciplines in athletics.
Then the question was asked that no one had asked before.
Namely, if a duel in the 100 meters against the newly crowned world champion and former LSU schoolmate Sha’Carri Richardson can be lost.
Duplantis broke into a smile and replied:
– It’s good! That would be very cool!
A follow-up from earlier is that Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has challenged Mondo Duplantis to a 100m race, and the frenzy between them has been in full swing ever since, albeit jokingly.
Even the Norwegian 400 hurdles star Karsten Warholm has said that he wants to meet Duplantis in the 100 meters.
But a “super duel” has not yet happened, as the competition schedule was packed and neither of them wanted to risk injury for what could in that case be described as a stunt.
But maybe Richardson will get the honor of challenging Duplantis?
– We have no “beef”, but now that you say it, it actually sounds more logical than meeting Shelly-Ann or Karsten. Me and Sha’Carri are good friends, says Duplantis.
He has only one official time recorded in the 100 meters – 10.73 from a competition in Louisiana in 2018. In the same year he ran 10.57, but in too strong a tailwind and it was not counted in the official statistics.
How fast had he run today?
– Hmm, hard to say but somewhere between 10.30-10.40 I think. It would be weak if I didn’t get under 10.40.
Sha’Carri Richardson set a new personal best when she won the WC final in Budapest the other week.
The time? 10.65.