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Media captionAnanya Vinay turns into US spelling bee champion

A 12-year-old woman from California has gained the Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee after a tense last in Washington.

Ananya Vinay from Fresno accurately spelled the phrase marocain – a kind of gown material – to defeat Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Oklahoma.

The rivals had accurately spelled phrases together with cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte as every waited for the opposite to slide up.

However Rohan misspelled the phrase marram and Ananya bought two phrases proper to win.

She mentioned she felt “superb” after her victory, including: “It was simply enjoyable to see how far it could go.”


Listed here are a few of the phrases Ananya and Rohan grappled with throughout their 45-minute spell-off.

Marocain – a heavy crepe material whose identify is derived from the French phrase for Moroccan

Marram – a Scandinavian-derived phrase for a kind of seashore grass

Cheiropompholyx – a kind of eczema affecting the pores and skin of the palms and toes

Durchkomponiert – a German-origin phrase used to explain a music that isn’t primarily based on repeated sections

Tchefuncte – referring to a Native American tribe that lived in Louisiana from 600 BC to 200 AD


Her father Vinay Sreekumar mentioned she had a “deep ardour for studying”.

Ananya – the thirteenth Indian-American in a row to win the spelling bee – mentioned she deliberate to separate the $40,000 prize cash along with her seven-year-old brother and put her share in an account for her faculty schooling.

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Greater than 11 million children aged between six and 15 from all 50 US states, US territories equivalent to Puerto Rico and Guam and nations equivalent to Japan and Jamaica had entered the competitors.

The youngest-ever competitor, Edith Fuller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who turned 6 in April, was eradicated from the competitors final week.