Scripps National Spelling Bee ends in unprecedented 8-way tie after 20 rounds

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie after 20 rounds — and after the organizers said they had run out of challenging words.

In the most extraordinary ending in the 94-year history of the competition, the eight co-champions spelled the final 47 words correctly, going through five consecutive perfect rounds.

The eight co-champions are: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao, Rohan Raja.

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"It's complete. They will forever be remembered as the Elite Eight," the announcers said just after midnight Friday ET.

The eight champions will each receive the $50,000 prize.

E.W. Scripps CEO Adam Symson, right, presents a trophy to the eight co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. The spelling bee ended in unprecedented 8-way championship tie after organizers ran out of challenging words. Patrick Semansky / AP

This is a breaking story. It will be updated.

First published on May 31, 2019 / 12:19 AM

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