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Where does this loss rate?

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As the reality of the Black Caps' heartbreaking loss sinks in for Kiwi fans, it's time to see where this defeat rates among New Zealand's oh-so-close sporting moments.

So often over-achieving at major international sporting events given our comparative population and resources, there has been no shortage of late despair involving New Zealanders down the years.

They usually involve our national teams rather than individual efforts and are heightened by the long wait between events.

Here's a history of some of our worst heartaches.

* NZ stunned by England in Super Over
* The big Cricket World Cup final moments
* Black Caps, fans heartbroken after final
* It's a hard time to be Martin Guptill

1 – Team New Zealand lose 2013 America's Cup

This one still has to remain top, just because of the length of time it took this seemingly unassailable lead to eventually evaporate and allow Oracle Team USA to retain the Auld Mug in a victory that has been rated one of the best comebacks in all of of sports history. Appearing to have a faster boat and superior sailing skills, the Team NZ leaped out to an 8-1 lead and match point. But with Oracle's mouthy skipper Jimmy Spithill relentless in his taunts and questioning the........

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