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September 25, 2013

Oracle Team USA Wins America's Cup With Stunning Comeback

by VOA News

Oracle Team USA has captured the 34th America's Cup in a dramatic winner-take-all showdown against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Oracle completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history Wednesday to win sailing's most prestigious trophy and defend its title from three years ago.

In this best-of-17 series, Oracle at one point trailed 8-1 before charging back in the races on San Francisco Bay to beat Emirates Team New Zealand by a final tally of 9-8.

Oracle dominated the last race Wednesday, showcasing the dramatic improvement in boat speed on the upwind leg of the race that began to emerge a week ago. Oracle seemed to find an extra gear after losing most of the early races, and even overcame a pre-match penalty.

The America's Cup was sailed in a new class of 22-meter, wing-sailed catamarans.