Fraser-Pryce challenges Duplantis in 100m

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce challenges Swedish pole vault superstar Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis to a 100m race at next year’s Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting in Brussels, Belgium .

The five-time 100m World Championship gold medalist took on the challenge lightly during Thursday’s pre-competition press conference for Friday’s Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting where Fraser-Pryce is due to race the 100m.

“So, Mondo, how fast are you in the 100 meters…against me,” she asked the Swedish star.

“I would beat you,” he replied.

The Jamaican, however, questioned the pole vault world record holder’s sprint story, asking how long his momentum lasted.

Fraser-Pryce was visibly surprised when he said his run-up was 45 yards and he ran 100 yards a lot in high school.

“But that was five years ago,” replied Fraser-Pryce, to which Duplantis, who holds the indoor and outdoor world records in the pole vault, replied, “but I’m much faster now than five years ago.”

They sealed the bet with a handshake as meeting director Kim Gevaert, who was leading the press conference, agreed they could stage the race.

According to World Athletics, Duplantis clocked a personal best 10.57 seconds (2.1m/s) in the wind-assisted 100m in July 2018, while Fraser-Pryce clocked a lifetime best 10.60 seconds. established last year.

– Paul A. Reid