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Last Updated: Friday, 24 March 2006, 12:09 GMT
Lewis clinches pole vault bronze
Steven Lewis shows off his pole vault bronze medal
Lewis produced a personal best on his way to bronze
Steven Lewis claimed a surprise Commonwealth Games medal for England with bronze in the men's pole vault.

Lewis, 19, equalled his personal best with 5.50m to finish behind Australia's Steve Hooker and Dmitri Markov, while England's Nick Buckfield was fourth.

Andrew Frost, Mick Jones and Simon Bown took places fourth to sixth in the hammer final while Stuart Stokes was fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Andrew Baddeley and Nick McCormick both qualified for the 1500m final.

I thought I could get fourth and push for a medal but achieving it is another thing
Steven Lewis
Frost set a new personal best of 72.62m in the second round but was overtaken by South African Christiaan Harmse with 73.81m.

England's hammer throwers finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the men's final, with Isle of Wight's Andy Frost the best on the day.

"Fourth is not the best position to finish," said 23-year-old Frost from the Isle of Wight. "But I did a personal best so I'm pleased with that.

Jones, 42, failed to retain his 2002 title with 70.09 but finished ahead of Bown's effort of 65.42.

Australian Stuart Rendell, gold medallist in 1998, won the event with his second throw of 77.53m, while Canadian James Steacy picked up silver.

But England's sprinters suffered a disasterous blow in the men's 4x100m relay heats.

The quartet crashed out after Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis failed to exchange the baton on the final takeover.

However, the 4x400m relay squad avoided any dramas with the baton to qualify for Saturday's final.

But as far as England were concerned the day belonged to Lewis, who was delighted with his pole vault medal.

"I'm over the moon, I can't put it into words," Lewis said. "I came here to jump a personal best but Paul Burgess having a bad day (the Australian recorded no height) helped me get the bronze.

"Coming here everyone was thinking about an Australia 1-2-3. I thought I could get fourth and push for a medal but achieving it is another thing."





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