Gerrard and Curran in action at Hampden

Keith Gerrard and Olivia Curran will both represent the Isle of Man at Hampden Park (Photo: PA)

Keith Gerrard and Olivia Curran will both represent the Isle of Man at Hampden Park (Photo: PA)

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Keith Gerrard will fly the Manx flag in the 10,000 metre race at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night.

The Peel runner, whose season has been disrupted through injury, will take to the track at 8.05pm for the men’s 10,000m in Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium.

Gerrard had been hoping to go up against reigning Olympic champion Mo Farah in the event but the latter was forced to pulled of this year’s Games after illness affected his preparations for Glasgow.

Despite Farah’s absence, there is still an extremely high-quality field featuring the likes of Ugandan Moses Kipsiro who is hoping to defend the title he won in Delhi four years ago.

After Keith, next in action for Team Isle of Man will be Olivia Curran in the pole vault final on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old was cruelly denied the chance to become the island’s first female gymnast at the Commonwealth Games four years ago when a devastating knee injury ruled her out on the eve of competition.

However. she spent two years of hard graft working her way back to fitness and she will now represent the island in athletics instead. The pole vault final also takes place at Hampden and is due to get underway at 7pm on Saturday and Curran will go up against England’s Sally Peakea and home favourite Henrietta Paxton.

Sunday, the final day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, sees the Manx cyclists right in the thick of the action in both the men’s and women’s road races.

The women’s takes place at 8.01am and features Anna Christian and Laura Wasley, while the men’s race is due to get underway at 12.01pm and sees Peter Kennaugh gunning for a second medal in eight days, having claimed silver in the track points race last Saturday.

Full reports in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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