Women's Sports: Victories from British Women help to place Europe in pole position on the opening day of The Match

The Match Europe v USA Minsk 2019 - Day 1

Team Europe show their strength by leading the way on day one of the inaugural The Match held in Minsk, Belarus. Team USA trail by 27 points with big performances expected on day two.

Across the events, British athletes feature heavily in Team Europe, with many using this competition as the penultimate test before the World Championships in Doha.

Daryll Neita secured maximum points in the Women’s 100m race which saw her come through to pip Team USA’s Dezerea Bryant after a blistering start from the American. Fellow Briton Imani Lansquiot also featured in the field.

In the two-lap event, Alexandra Bell prevailed against a strong US team. Bell edged past the field to take the victory with European teammate, Olha Lyakhova in second to secure the top two positions.

Day two will see Eilish McColgan test herself in the 1500m after a third-place finish the 3000m yesterday. This competition provides McColgan with an opportunity to work on her tactical racing ahead of Doha. Further points are expected for Team Europe in the high jump, as Mariya Latiskene hopes to put on a dominant performance in the field.

The finale of The Match continues this evening, with a trophy up for grabs and the status of champions. Spectators are expecting intense competition from both teams in the individual events and the relays.

Coverage begins this evening at 4.50pm for the conclusion of the two-day event.

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