TOM Squires just missed out on his aim of a top-eight finish at the RS:X World Championships.

The 26-year-old from Kingston Bagpuize won the final fleet race in Sorrento, Australia.

It got him into the medal race, but he had to settle for ninth, which was still his best finish at the championships.

Squires, who is building up to competing for Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, said: “I had an up-and-down week.

“I’ve struggled with my starts, but managed to pull it through and get into the medal race with a bullet in the final fleet race, which I was stoked about.

“I was aiming for a top-eight finish and came home ninth overall so it’s a bittersweet ending.

“I’ve got a lot more work to do on my light wind sailing and need to be more consistent but I think I have a chance of pulling it all together for Tokyo 2020.”

Squires will be back in action later this month at the Princess Sofia Regatta, which is held in Palma, Mallorca, before the RS:X European Championships in Athens in May.