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Media captionAnanya Vinay turns into US spelling bee champion

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

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

The rivals had appropriately 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 received two phrases proper to win.

She stated she felt “wonderful” after her victory, including: “It was simply enjoyable to see how far it will go.”


Listed below are among 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 arms and ft

Durchkomponiert – a German-origin phrase used to explain a tune that’s not based mostly on repeated sections

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


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

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

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Greater than 11 million children aged between six and 15 from all 50 US states, US territories reminiscent of Puerto Rico and Guam and international locations reminiscent of 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.