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Teens become first joint US spelling champions in 52 years

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Two young American teenagers of South Asian heritage made spelling history when they became the first co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in more than half a century. 

Sriram Hathwar (C) of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe (L) of Fort Worth, Texas, hold their trophy at the end of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, in National Harbor, Maryland, on May 29, 2014

Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, on Thursday hoisted the glittering gold cup together after they saw off 10 other finalists before taking turns to exhaust the competition’s demanding word list.

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