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National Spelling Bee ends in 8-way tie

4 years 4 days 7 hours ago Friday, May 31 2019 May 31, 2019 May 31, 2019 9:12 AM May 31, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: ESPN

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Eight spellers were better than the dictionary.

They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy.

In the most extraordinary ending in the 94-year history of the competition, the bee ended in an eight-way tie on Thursday night. The eight co-champions spelled the final 47 words correctly, going through five consecutive perfect rounds.

Each will get the full winner's prize of $50,000 in cash. They are Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja.

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