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The final race had a bit of everything

A variety of factors combined for the closest, most confusing and dramatic America's Cup finish in 156 years of racing, writes Gary Jobson.

Updated: July 5, 2007, 11:49 AM ET
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

Everyone who watched this unbelievable race has to be exhausted. Lead changes, a dramatic foul, a drop out in the wind and then a penalty turn combined for the closest, most confusing and dramatic America's Cup finish in 156 years of racing. The end of this one sets the stage for an awful lot of speculation -- and it certainly helps set up the 33rd America's Cup, even before any decisions are announced.

There is no doubt that Alinghi won this contest fair and square. Every race ...

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