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USA complete stunning America's Cup fightback

Updated: Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 23:01 | Comments

Oracle Team USA celebrate their victory
Oracle Team USA celebrate their victory

Ben Ainslie has helped steer Oracle Team USA to the 34th America's Cup, completing one of the most remarkable sporting comebacks of all time.

Only last Wednesday the team were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just one race win to secure the trophy.

However, San Francisco Bay witnessed an incredible comeback as defender Oracle won eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series.

Ainslie played a key role in turning the event around after being called up from the warm-up crew.

Drafted in as tactician in place of John Kostecki, he was one of the catalysts as Oracle produced the most incredible comeback in America's Cup history.

"It was a fantastic race - we wouldn't have it any other way," skipper Jimmy Spithill said after only the third winner-takes-all final in the event.

"We came from behind, the guys showed so much heart. On your own you're nothing, but a team like this can make you look great.

"We were facing the barrel of a gun at 8-1 and the guys didn't even flinch.

"Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day."

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