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Gold medallist to carry flame

The Olympic Torch Photo: PA

Olympic gold medallist Imran Sherwani has been chosen to carry the Olympic Flame in Stoke-on-Trent on day 12 of its UK tour.

He will carry the flame into Hanley Park, and light a giant cauldron during an evening of celebrations in the city.

Imran Sherwani (right) showing his gold medal with his fiancé Louisa in 1988 Credit: PA

He says carrying the flame will be an honour, and he is proud to be representing his home city in such a high profile event.

This is Imran's Olympic Torch nomination:

"Imran is one of only two Olympic Gold Medal winners to come from Stoke-on-Trent and remains an inspirational figure in the city for his outstanding sporting achievements and coaching contributions.

He was a newsagent in his home city when he enjoyed his finest sporting moment - scoring two goals in Great Britain's 3-2 win over West Germany in the final of the Men's Hockey at the1988 Seoul Olympics.

Imran was capped 45 times for Britain and 49 for England.As a coach Imran inspires hundreds of young people every week and has worked tirelessly for his local hockey club, bringing it from the lower divisions to national league status.

Imran gives up his time to inspire and motivate others through school visits and guest appearances.

A former winner, the 49-year-oldfather of two is a member of the judging panel of the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year Awards."

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