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Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid over as Team New Zealand beat British crew

• Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR loses challenger semi-final 5-2
• New Zealand take two of Thursday’s three races to seal win

Emirates Team New Zealand beat Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team in the first-to-five challenger semi-final on Thursday, ending British hopes in the 35th America’s Cup.

The New Zealand team held a 3-1 lead before Thursday’s races, and secured a 5-2 overall victory to end Ainslie’s dream of “bringing the America’s Cup back to Britain”. The New Zealand boat had capsized on Tuesday, with Wednesday’s four scheduled races then postponed due to high winds in Bermuda.

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