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Latest update : 2009-02-17

Frenchman Marc Guillemot took third place in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race on Saturday, knocking England's Samantha Davies off the podium. He will share third place with 2005 champion Vincent Riou.

AFP - Frenchman Marc Guillemot took third place in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race on Saturday knocking England's Samantha Davies off the podium.

Davies was the first woman to complete the gruelling race early Saturday, but Guillemot, who arrived at the French Atlantic Ocean port of Les Sables d'Olonne in the small hours of Monday morning, was carrying a compensatory time bonus for having come to the aid of a stricken rival earlier in the race.

He will share third place with 2005 champion Vincent Riou, who was awarded a podium place after his yacht lost its mast during the rescue of stricken rival Jean Le Cam off Cape Horn.

Davies fell back to fourth place with compatriot Brian Thompson arriving later Monday to clinch fifth place.

The race was won by another Frenchman, Michel Desjoyeaux who returned to port on February 1 having set a new record for the race of 84 days,

His compatriot Armel Le Cleac'h took second place five days, six hours and 30 minutes later than Desjoyeaux.

England's Dee Caffari was expected to be the next back to port later on Monday becoming just the second person after Mike Golding and the first woman to sail single-handed round-the-world both from east to west and west to east.
 

Date created : 2009-02-16

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