The WDL Call room happens on Sunday, 24 May. It will feature Mondo Duplantis and Karston Warholm, two of our most spirited athletes, and it should be fun. The WDL Call room is hosted by Tom Byrne, and his wide range of athletic geek dom, plus his sense of humor should keep it exciting. Tom has been a keen observer of athletics for most of his life.
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Duplantis: “Me vs Kat Stefanidi? It would be a good match!”
Pole vault world record holder Mondo Duplantis has thrown down the gauntlet to fellow vaulter Katerina Stefanidi, telling the Wanda Diamond League Call Room that he is ready to go head to head with the Greek star in a gender-spanning lockdown showdown.
Duplantis, 20, was the joint winner of the men’s event in World Athletics’ recent “Ultimate Garden Clash” series, clearing five metres no less than 36 times in half an hour.
And after Stefanidi swept to victory in the women’s competition last Saturday, the men’s world record holder has set his sights on another, decisive battle for lockdown bragging rights.
“Me vs Kat Stefanidi? It would be a good match,” said Duplantis in the Stockholm edition of the Wanda Diamond League Call Room, which is due to air at 18.00 GMT this Sunday.
Stefanidi made 34 clearances at four metres in the women’s event, but Duplantis backed the Greek to go one better if she was pitted against her male rivals.
“If she had the right motivation and was going against me and Renaud Lavillenie, I think she’d definitely get a few more jumps in,” he said.
The Swedish-American star also looked back on his first ever Diamond League victory, which came in front of a home crowd in Stockholm in 2018, just weeks before he cleared six metres at the European Championships in Berlin.
Duplantis remembers that season as one in which he went “from being the younger guy who was just competing with the big boys to being an 18-year-old who could really go out there and battle with them.”
“Without the Stockholm victory I don’t think I would have jumped six metres that summer,” he added.
The WDL Call room Stockholm 2020, at 9 am Pacific, 11 am Central, and 12 noon Eastern U.S. on 24 May 2020!