Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar
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Spelling Bee's first joint champions since 1962

30 May 2014 Last updated at 12:19 BST

The two finalists of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition have both been named champions, for the first time since 1962.

Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas both successfully spelled the series of words they were designated on Thursday, becoming the fourth joint-winners in the competition's history.

Footage reveals the last few minutes of the tense final.