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Myers is the only winner for region; ATHLETICS Les Venmore.

CLEVELAND'S Charlie Myers gained the region's only medal on the opening day of the 81st English Schools Championships, held at Gateshead Stadium.

Myers took second place in the Junior Boys Pole Vault clearing 35cms above his previous best height.

Cumbria's Natasha Wilson won the Intermediate Girls Javelin. She had taken the Junior title in 2010.

Durham's Georgia Whitfield was the fastest qualifier for the final of the Intermediate Girls 300m Hurdles (44.57secs).

The Championships resume today, when the majority of the finals will be contested (10am start).

Meanwhile, Gateshead Harriers travel to Kingston-upon-Thames today for their second British League Division One fixture.

The Tynesiders currently head the table after winning the opening match.

The third round of Northern Athletics League fixtures take place tomorrow, with local clubs involved in matches at Jarrow, York and Middlesbrough.

? TWO Commonwealth gold medallists are among six athletes who have tested positive, the Athletics Federation of India have confirmed.

Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose were part of the women's 4x400metres relay that claimed gold at last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi but their futures are in doubt after the governing body revealed drugs tests showed the presence of methandienone, an anabolic steroid.

Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas, Sonia Kumari and Hari Krishna were the other athletes to produce adverse findings.

Competition and camp director Mahendra Lal Dogra said last night: "Sini Jose and Jauna Murmu were pulled up on May 25th.

"The other female athletes were between June 11 to 14 at the National Inter-State Athletics Meet in Bangalore. And Hari Krishna on June 17 in Pune."

However, Mandeep protested her innocence and added: "The team doesn't have a doctor. We need a doctor to remain with the team and tell us which vitamins we should be taking."

DAY 1 RESULTS ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS Inter Boys: LJ: 1 F Sayers (W Mids) 6.88; 5 R King (Dur) 6.68 (0.0) Junior Boys: PV; 1 A Hague (S Yorks) 3.75; 2 C Myers (Cleve) 3.55; 6 R Everitt (Cleve) 2.95 TJ: 1 S Amokwandoh (Surr'y) 12.93; 6 E Baines (Cumb) 12.40 (0.0) HT: 1 W Cox (Suss'x) 53.72; 3 C Cambridge (N Yorks) 47.61 Senior Girls: TJ: 1 A Rose (Gt Manch) 12.88; 4 H Pringle (North'd) 1.40 (1.4) SP: 1 L Holmes (W Yorks) 12.51; 4 K Bulmer (Dur) 11.09 Inter Girls: HJ: 1 C Berry (Ox) 1.73; 5 E Cummings (Cumb) 1.68 JT: 1 N Wilson (Cumb) 41.24 Junior Girls: SP: 1 S Merritt (Wilts) 12.52; 8 K Brown (Dur) 10.39
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2011
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