TOM Squires put together a strong showing to finish fifth at the RS:X European Championships.

Competing for the first time since February, the 27-year-old from Kingston Bagpuize was up against a high-class field as he prepares for next summer’s rearranged Tokyo Olympics.

“This week was hardcore,” he said.

“The fleet is getting smaller with nations who haven’t qualified, which means although there is a decreasing amount of sailors the quality of the fleet is so strong, racing the best of the best.

“At the start of the week this was a huge shock, and the lighter winds hit me hard with the results.

“After that first day I climbed my way up.

“Fifth feels good after so much time away from international competition.”