As each competitor waited for their opponent to slip up, the rivals had spelt words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte. "That's the only good answer we've heard about that word in days", he added.
Ananya Vinay showed little emotion until she finally let a smile slip and lifted the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy.
After three straight years of ties, the bee added a tiebreaker test this year, and it looked like it might come into play as Ananya and Rohan duelled for almost 20 rounds. She is also the 13th consecutive Indian-American victor; 18 of the last 20 bees were won by Indian-Americans.
"But I'm kind of exhausted at the same time", Ananya added.
Vinay said she has two plans for her prize money: sharing it with her younger brother and putting it into her college account.
Proving her brightness, Vinay actually came really close to spelling the word correctly, guessing, "C-O-F-E-F-E". Both Ananya and Rohan battled deep into the championship rounds until Rohan misspelled the word "marram". She got it wrong, omitting the "v". She also read out of the fairy tale book she is writing.
This year's favorite, Shourav Dasari, an eighth-grader from Texas, surprised the audience.
"Okay, Ananya, so we have a challenge for you", Camerota said. Her mother, Lekshmi Nair, competed in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
"I just focused on my word and tried to spell it right", Ananya said on "New Day".
He was felled in fourth place by a killer word, "Struldbrug", that was coined by Jonathan Swift in his novel "Gulliver's Travels" and had no recognizable roots or language patterns to fall back on.
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