Alex Thomson in the Meridian studio

Hampshire yachtsman Alex Thomson is back on dry land after 80 days 19 hours and 23 minutes at sea competing in the Vendee Globe - a race which stretched over 24,000 miles.

The sailor raced around the world single-handedly, took a detour to help a fellow competitor, struggling with his keel, and was still able to make it to third place.

It is only the third time in the race's history that a Brit has recorded a podium finish. Alex Thomson himself, joined Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra in the ITV News Meridian studio.

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Alex Thomson's Vendee triumph

Yachtsman Alex Thomson, the third Briton to ever record a podium finish in the round the world Vendee Globe race, has been speaking to Fred and Sangeeta about the achievement and the challenges he faced.