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He's done it! Hampshire sailor celebrates Vendee Globe success

Alex Thomson setting off from Les Sables d'Olonne in November Credit: Press Association

Hampshire yachtsman Alex Thomson has finished third in the world's toughest sailing challenge - the Vendee Globe solo non-stop, around-the-world race.

38 year old Thomson, from Gosport, crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne in France in his 60-ft boat Hugo Boss.

He reached the Vendée Globe finish line at 07 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds (GMT) after 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes 43 seconds at sea. He finishes 2 days 18 hours and 7 minutes behind François Gabart.

In doing so he has also become the fastest Briton ever to sail around the world in a monohull boat - smashing the previous record by nearly eight days.

He's now only the third Briton to claim a top three finish in the Vendee after Ellen MacArthur was second in 2001 and Mike Golding - who is in sixth in this race - who finished third in 2004.

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