France's Clarisse Crémer becomes the fastest woman to complete Vendée Globe

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Clarisse Crémer smashed the women's record for the Vendée Globe sailing race on Wednesday when she arrived just over seven days ahead of the previous mark.

The 31-year-old Frenchwoman's Banque Populaire X crossed the finishing line at Les Sables-d'Olonne in western France in 12th position after 87 days, two hours, 24 minutes, 25 seconds of solo sailing.

Britain's Ellen MacArthur had held the record since the 2000/1 race with a time of 94 days, four hours and 25 minutes.

Paris-born Crémer, who was competing in her first single-handed round-the-world voyage, finished more than six days after the winner Yannick Bestaven.

"I'm super, super excited at the idea of arriving," she said as she disembarked. "It's a bit weird to have to slow down like that to cross the finish line of a race but it's part of the game.

"You have to arrive without breaking everything."