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Two spellers are co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was the first tie in 52 years.
Indian-Americans Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas shared the title. After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row Thursday, they both were named champions.
A speller of Indian descent has won the title seven years in a row. Sriram and Ansun become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history. It was the first tie since 1962.
Sriram, 14, opened the door to 13-year-old Ansun after he misspelled "corpsbruder," a close comrade. But Ansun was unable to take the title. He got "antigropelos" wrong. It means waterproof leggings.
Each will receive a trophy. And each gets more than $33,000 in cash and prizes.