Two boys share top prize in US National Spelling Bee

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Watch the tense final moments of the spelling bee

The grand final of a National Spelling Bee took place in the United States on Thursday.

The spelling competition is a big annual event in the US and is broadcast on television.

This year two young spellers were declared co-champions for the first time since 1962.

Sriram from New York and Ansun from Texas were both named champions after correctly spelling 12 words in a row.

Spelling bee winnersAFP
It's only the fourth time ever there've been two winners

The boys had to spell words like "corpsbruder" (a close comrade) and "antigropelos" (waterproof leggings).

Sriram said: "The competition was against the dictionary, not against each other. I'm happy to share this trophy with him."

Ansun spellingReuters
Contestants have to spell difficult words in front of a live audience

The boys win a trophy and around £20,000 each.