Bangura's 100m record inspires victory
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.
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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.
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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.