2019 Minsk Diary: Team Europe amass a narrow lead after day one of The Match, 328-312

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Maksim Nedasekau and Ilya Ivanyuk finished first and second for Team Europe in the men's high jump on the first day of The Match Europe v USA, photo by Getty Images / European Athletics

The first day of The Match: Team Europe VS Team USA was gripping. While the US won more individual events, Europe had the depth, and put more athletes in bigger scoring positions. Day 1 ended, Team Europe with 328 and Team USA with 312. Here is how European Athletics wrote it up.

Maksim Nedasekau and Ilya Ivanyuk finished first and second for Team Europe in the men's high jump on the first day of The Match Europe v USA

Team Europe might have only taken six individual victories on the first day of The Match Europe v USA in Minsk on Monday (9) but the home contingent has amassed a lead - albeit a slender one over the Americans with 328 to 312 points - heading into the second day.

The standout performer at the Dinamo National Olympic Stadium was home star Maksim Nedasekau who delivered a full complement of points for Team Europe in the men's high jump.

The European silver medallist further demonstrated his excellent temperament on the big stage by clearing 2.33m on his first attempt to ensure the individual victory and nine points ahead of his Team Europe teammate Ilya Ivanyuk, who won bronze behind Nedasekau at the European Championships last summer.

Nedasekau had already matched the world lead with his winning clearance at 2.33m but inspired by a loud and supportive crowd on the bottom bend, the 21-year-old sailed clear at a lifetime best and world lead of 2.35m on his second attempt to further embellish his evening's work.

Nedasekau was greeted by a hug and congratulations from Ivanyuk who between them contributed 16 points to the Team Europe tally.

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