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Seconds away from tying the America's Cup challenger finals, AmericaOne suffered a stunning defeat.

A penalty for blocking Prada as it charged from behind cost skipper Paul Cayard the race today even though he crossed the finish line less than a boat length ahead of the Italian yacht.

Then AmericaOne had to make a 270-degree penalty turn, a severe blow to a crew that had come back from serious boat damage that forced it to withdraw from Saturday's third race.

Prada won by 2 minutes, 32 seconds and took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-9 series to determine a challenger to defending champion New Zealand in the best-of-9 America's Cup finals starting Feb. 19.

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