Europe imposes itself with authority on the United States in 'The Match'
The European team won the final victory in "The Match", the athletic duel between Europe and the United States played in Minsk, after hitting the North American team on the second day of competition. The European team won 123 points ahead, a difference that few could have imagined, as European athletes faced the final day in the national stadium of the Belarusian capital with a rent of 26.
But if on Monday the US team resisted the thrust of the European team thanks to its dominance in the speed tests, on Tuesday the United States could hardly plant battle for the representatives of the Old Continent. European athletes signed eleven wins in the nineteen finals scheduled for the last day of competition.
Victories, in some tests, overwhelming, such as that achieved in pole vaulting by the Swede Armand Duplantis, who won with a mark of 5.85 meters. The Polish Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski and the Greek Konstadinos Filippidis completed the first four places. It was also overwhelming European dominance in the final disc release in the men's category or in the high jump in the women's category.
Levchenko ‘warns’ Lasitskene
In fact, in the high jump there was the great news of these championships, the defeat of the Russian Mariya Lasitskene, which remained undefeated since last January. A feat that featured the young Ukrainian Yuliya Levchenko, who won the Russian, the undisputed queen of the specialty, with a better jump of 2.02 meters. Four centimeters more than Lasistkene, which was relegated to third place with a record of 1.98. All a warning for the Russian athlete less than three weeks from the start of the Doha World Cups, in which Lasitskene will try to chain her third consecutive gold.
Nothing came out on Tuesday to the American team, which saw how victories escaped that were almost taken for granted. For example, in the 400 fences, in which Ashley Spencer, the great and indisputable favorite, was relegated to the last place after falling on the last fence.
A fall that not only deprived the United States of victory, but also allowed Europe to add a triplet with the Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova, the Swiss Lea Sprunger and the British Meghan Beesley who definitely shot the European team in the classification.
The European leadership was consolidated more and more thanks to the Outstanding performances by athletes like Spaniard Orlando Ortega, winner of the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.21, or Bosnian Amel Tuka, winner of the 800 and fundamental piece in the European triumph in the mixed relay test.
Victories that, as in the case of the javelin launch, were accompanied by notable records, such as 90.03 meters, the second best world brand of the year, with which the German Johannes Vetter won.
Outstanding performances that allowed Europe to win the final victory in "The Match" with a total of 724.5 points, 123 more than those added by the US team, which accounted for 601.5.
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