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Shock failure hands Alex Thomson third place

Alex Thomson after crossing the starting line of the Vendee Globe in November 2012 Credit: PA

Gosport based sailor Alex Thomson has moved into third place in the Vendee Global yacht race.

It came after the competitor he was trailing, Jean-Pierre Dick, lost his keel with just over 2,000 of the 28,000 mile race left. Until that point, Dick was continuing to close on the front two and still had faint hopes of catching them.

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