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Hampshire stars in line for top award
6:00am Thursday 27th February 2014 in Sport
Two Hampshire sports stars have been nominated for 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards.
Ainslie, right, was a member of Oracle Team USA which won the America’s Cup last September in one of the most amazing fightbacks in the history of sport.
The US yacht was 8-1 down in the series in San Francisco Bay, just one point from defeat, but driven on by skipper Jimmy Spithill and guided by tactician Ainslie, they rallied to produce a run of eight straight wins for a 9-8 victory over Emirates Team New Zealand.
Hook golfer Justin Rose, who finally won his first Major Championship at the age of 32, is nominated for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year.
Laureus World Comeback of the Year nominees:
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics – won pole vault world title in front of home crowd
Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – winner of French Open, US Open and five ATP Masters event
Oracle Team USA - Sailing – 8-1 down in America’s Cup, Oracle fought back for a 9-8 victory
Tony Parker (France) Basketball – European Championship MVP after recovering from serious eye injury
Ronaldinho (Brazil) Football – at 33, led unfashionable Atlético Mineiro to victory in Copa Libertadores
Tiger Woods (US) Golf – US PGA Player of the Year after five tour victories, regained world No 1 ranking