Beesley and Dobbin help Europe to victory over USA

Loughborough University student Alex Haydock-Wilson has been added to the Great Britain & Northern Ireland 4x400m squad

Loughborough duo Meghan Beesley and Beth Dobbin helped Europe comfortably beat the United States to win the inaugural The Match athletics event in Minsk, Belarus.

A strong performance from the Europeans saw them ease home, winning by a 724.5-601.5 margin.

Dobbin secured second place in the 200m, continuing her fine form this season to add 7 points to Europe’s tally.  

Team Europe also took a clean sweep in the women’s 400m hurdles with Beesley taking advantage of Ashley Spencer’s fall to finish third in a time of 55.49.

After her run, Beesley said:

“I love competing for Europe, last year I ran 55.55 and today I ran a bit quicker.

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction going for the Worlds now, as it’s been an up and down season. That was definitely a more competitive race form me.”

The Match is the last major athletics event before the World Championships in Doha from 27 September to 6 October.