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Riou rewarded with third place despite withdrawal

The Vendée Globe organisers have ruled that retired French skipper Vincent Riou will be ranked as equal third at the close of the round-the-world race. Riou pulled out after his boat was damaged as he sought to rescue rival Jean Le Cam.

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AFP - French yachtsman Vincent Riou will be given a finishing position of third equal in the gruelling around the world Vendee Globe race despite having to pull out of the race when his yacht PRB lost its mast last week.

Race organisers accepted his appeal to them which was based on the fact the 2005 race winner had suffered the damage while rescuing rival Jean Le Cam.

It is the first time that the organisers have taken such a decision and had nothing to do with him being a previous winner.

By Monday, 64 days into the contest and with more than three weeks to go, 18 vessels out of an initial flotilla of 30 had pulled out, in the teeth of the worst storms the event has seen in 12 years.

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