Victor retains Commonwealth decathlon crown as England hunt down Australia

Grenada's Lindon Victor retained his Commonwealth Games decathlon crown in a nail-biting finale on Friday as host nation England closed the gap on Australia at the top of the medals table.

New Zealand shot putter Tom Walsh also held on to his title while 18-year-old Kenyan Jackline Chepkoech won the 3000 metres steeplechase in a Games record of 9min 15.68sec.

Jamaican triple jumper Shanieka Ricketts shed her bridesmaid's tag -- having been silver medallist in the 2018 Games and last month's world championships -- to post a Games record of 14.94 metres.

But it was the decathlon that provided the edge-of-the-seat drama at Alexander Stadium.

Victor held on by the skin of his teeth as Australia's Daniel Golubovic won the 1500m comfortably, threatening to snatch the title away from him.

The Grenadan fell to the ground as he awaited the final tally and to his relief he had done just enough to deny Golubovic, winning by just 36 points with a total of 8,233.