America’s Cup: Team New Zealand gains revenge over Oracle Team USA

( CNN) Redemption was sweet and emphatic as Emirates Team New Zealand trounced holder Oracle Team USA to regain the America’s Cup on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

The Kiwis took a 6-1 lead into Monday’s fifth day of racing in the 2017 event and landed the sucker punch with a win in race nine to clinch the oldest trophy in sport for the first time since the successful defence of 2000.

Four years ago and poised on match point at 8-1, the Kiwis’ seemingly impregnable lead shrank day by day until the Larry Ellison-bankrolled Americans completed one of sport’s greatest comebacks.

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