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Eight tie in US spelling bee as organizers run out of challenging words

Updated : 2019-05-31 14:55:39

Eight young super spellers beat the dictionary to be crowned co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in what officials said was a first since the US word contest started in 1925. After a marathon session stretching into early Friday, the contestants simply could not be separated. Each winner received a $50,000 prize and a trophy - and they coined their own word for their joint success, "octochamps." "We’re throwing the dictionary at you, and, so far, you are showing the dictionary who’s boss," the bee’s pronouncer, Jacques Bailly, told the finalists. The competition started on Tuesday with 562-word whizzes from across the nation, US territories and six other countries: the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. Officials say that while there have been co-champions in the past, there have never been eight. The final round that started on Thursday night was televised live across the United States. As the tension mounted, the young scholars worked out the correct order of vowels and consonants in words such as bougainvillea, a type of climbing plant; aiguillette, braided loops hanging on a military uniform shoulder; and pendeloque, a diamond or gemstone cut in a pear shape. Late on Thursday, as a handful of remaining children notched up answer after answer, officials announced a rule change: All remaining spellers at the end of Round 20 will win.

Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, celebrates spelling the last word in competition as the remaining competitors celebrate an eight way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, celebrates spelling the last word in competition as the remaining competitors celebrate an eight way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, spells the last word in competition as the remaining competitors celebrate an eight way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, spells the last word in competition as the remaining competitors celebrate an eight way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Colette Giezentanner, 12, of St. Louis, Missouri, reacts to spelling word correctly in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Colette Giezentanner, 12, of St. Louis, Missouri, reacts to spelling word correctly in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Yolanda Ni, 14, of Hattiesberg, Mississippi, reacts to misspelling a word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Yolanda Ni, 14, of Hattiesberg, Mississippi, reacts to misspelling a word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherryhill, New Jersey, Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Alabama, Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas celebrate their eight-way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherryhill, New Jersey, Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Alabama, Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas celebrate their eight-way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Alabama, one of eight co-champions, reacts to her final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Alabama, one of eight co-champions, reacts to her final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, one of eight co-champions, puts his hands together during the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, one of eight co-champions, puts his hands together during the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, one of eight co-champions, arrives to spell his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, one of eight co-champions, arrives to spell his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling his final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, celebrates with Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, two of eight co-champions, in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, celebrates with Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, two of eight co-champions, in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherryhill, New Jersey, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling her final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherryhill, New Jersey, one of eight co-champions, reacts to spelling her final word in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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