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Ainslie: British team decision likely in 'a matter of weeks'

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie told ITV News a decision will be made in "a matter of weeks" on whether there will be a British entry into the America's cup.

Ainslie was the strategist for Oracle Team USA as they recovered from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand 9-8 and win this year's event in San Francisco Bay.

He has spoken in the aftermath of his wish to repeat the victory with a British team.

Read: Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's father: He would 'have loved to have been involved' in British America's Cup team

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PM congratulates Ainslie on winning 'global race'

David Cameron has used Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup heroics as an excuse to shoehorn in one of his favourite soundbites, tweeting about the sailor's triumph in "the global race":

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Talk about winning the #GlobalRace - Sir Ben Ainslie is responsible for one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks in the America's Cup.

Read: Cameron on schools 'global race'

Ainslie's US team celebrate America's Cup triumph

The US sailing team Oracle are celebrating a famous win in the America's Cup, after they came back from 8-1 down to win 9-8 against New Zealand team Emirates.

The US team, featuring British salior Ben Ainslie, won their second successive America's Cup. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Oracle won the decider off the coast of San Francisco. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The US win will go down as one of the great sporting comebacks. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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Ainslie aims to take British sailing team to America's Cup

America's Cup hero Ben Ainslie said it was "about time" Britain made a mark in the competition after helping US team Oracle to a famous victory against New Zealand.

"I'd love to build a British team for the future. We have the talent, it's just about bringing it together and putting a team out that can be successful," the four-time Olympic champion told ITV News.

Pictures: Sir Ben Ainslie leads Oracle to historic victory

Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle team was lagging behind as it approached the finish line.
Sir Ben Ainslie's Oracle team was lagging behind as it approached the finish line. Credit: Reuters
The team hard at work as they overtake their Kiwi rivals.
The team hard at work as they overtake their Kiwi rivals. Credit: Reuters
The Oracle overtook the New Zealand team in a dramatic finale.
The Oracle overtook the New Zealand team in a dramatic finale. Credit: Reuters
Sir Ben Ainslie led the Oracle to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8.
Sir Ben Ainslie led the Oracle to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8. Credit: Reuters

Ben Ainslie's key role in Team USA sailing comeback

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie drinks from the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates with crew members on Pier 27.
Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie drinks from the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates with crew members on Pier 27. Credit: PA

Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie played a key role in turning the event around after being called up from the warm-up crew.

Drafted in as tactician in place of John Kostecki, he was one of the catalysts as Oracle produced the most incredible comeback in America's Cup history.

Only last Wednesday the team were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just one race win to secure the trophy.

However, San Francisco Bay witnessed an incredible comeback as defender Oracle won eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series.

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