Bangura's 100m record inspires victory

PUBLISHED: 16:45 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:26 05 October 2010

Gibril Bangura equalled the Southern League 100m record as Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets recorded a runaway victory at Mile End Stadium

Gibril Bangura equalled the Southern League 100m record as Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets extended their lead at the top of Division One with a runaway victory at Mile End Stadium on Saturday.

Sprinter Bangura, who was born in Sierra Leone and has represented his native country at two Commonwealth Games, produced a stunning run to win the 100m in a record time of 10.4secs at the club's home meeting.

The 24-year-old, who currently lives in Hackney, was formerly ranked in the world's top-15 as an Under-20 athlete and Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets team manager Alf Vickers believes Bangura - who is nicknamed Pato - is starting to rediscover his best form.

"Congratulations to Pato for equalling the Southern League record - he is a real asset for us," said Vickers.

Sam Sillah also produced a memorable performance at Mile End. The club's reigning Athlete of the Year took part in six different events, winning three and coming second in two to help Victoria Park to a decisive overall victory.

The East London club's tally of 140 points saw them finish 33 points ahead of second-placed North Devon, with Kent AC and Woodford Green joint third on 98 points. Sussex's Worthing AC finished fifth with 87 points.

The outcome sees Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets stretch away to a 16.5-point lead at the top of the 25-strong Division One table following a second consecutive triumph. The club also finished second at Ilford in the opening match and now have 387 points.

Nearest rivals Hercules, from Wimbledon, are currently second on 372.5 points.

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