Watford's Kyle Langford produced a superb performance to win a silver medal in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games. 

The 21-year-old raced through the field and climbed into second place with a personal best time of 1.45.16 in Australia.

He was closing in on Wycliffe Kinyamal at the finish with the Kenyan athlete holding on to win the race in 1.45.11. 

With 150m remaining, Langford was in sixth place but his sprint finish saw him pass his rivals and he only missed out on a gold medal by five hundredths of a second. 

Langford qualified for the final after finishing second in his heat in a time of 1.45.61. 

His performance on the Gold Coast continued his meteoric rise in athletics after finishing fourth at the World Championships last year.

Following the race, Langford admitted it was "gutting" to get so close to gold, but vowed to learn from the experience.

He said: “They got out very, very hard, then it eased up a little. (Nijel) Amos started to die a bit and then we got to the back straight and the Kenyan’s started to surge and people started coming from everywhere.

"Then, 200m to go I felt absolutely awesome. I got stuck in a little bit of traffic and then 120m to go I managed to get out, I had too much left and I felt I couldn’t get my legs moving quick enough. I started picking up but I just didn’t have quite enough to win this – it’s really gutting being so close.

“I knew I had it in me to win, it’s what I’ve been envisaging at every training session – to win gold. So to come short, it’s gutting but it’s one of those things as an athlete it makes you stronger. It’s not a loss, you either win or you learn and that’s what I’m going to take away from this.”