Alinghi in photo-finish victory to claim Americas Cup

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3 July 2007 , VALENCIA - Alinghi won a thrilling photo finish over Team New Zealand and clinched the America's Cup on Tuesday, with Switzerland becoming only the third country to retain the 156-year-old trophy.

3 July 2007

VALENCIA - Alinghi won a thrilling photo finish over Team New Zealand and clinched the America's Cup on Tuesday, with Switzerland becoming only the third country to retain the 156-year-old trophy.

Skipper Brad Butterworth guided the Swiss boat to a 5-2 win over Emirates Team New Zealand, which lost to Alinghi for the second straight time in the race for the Auld Mug, international sport's oldest trophy.

Only the United States and New Zealand have successfully defended their titles in the history of yachting's most prestigious race.

Alinghi swept defending winner Team New Zealand 5-0 in the best-of-nine series in Auckland four years ago.

In strong and steady wind off Port America's Cup, the Swiss crossed the finish line just one second ahead after letting a penalty advantage and big lead slip over the last leg. Both boats sailed across the line nearly even, with the Swiss bow barely ahead to win the closest fought regatta in 24 years.

The Swiss team celebrated quietly after nearly letting the race slip over the final 200 meters (yards).

Alinghi's spinnaker sail flew out as the wind shifted suddenly and the Kiwis were able to make up a large deficit and perform a penalty turn earned on the last lap at the finish line.

But the SUI-100 yacht had slightly more pace as its bow came across marginally ahead.

After performing the penalty, the Kiwis looked on in surprise after nearly snatching away victory.

The hazy summer day provided even conditions across the race course and a steady and full sea breeze _ the reason Alinghi chose the Spanish port city to host the 32nd edition _ for the first time all series.

The race was a fine end to the closest and most exciting regatta in 24 years, when Australia II rallied for a 4-3 series win over Liberty, wrestling the Auld Mug from American shores for the first time in the competition's history.

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