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As the New York Times reports, Vinay sailed through the first 36 rounds of the spelling competition - correctly figuring out words we've never even heard of before, like konditorei and heiligenschein - before she even entered Thursday's championship round.

As each competitor waited for their opponent to slip up, the rivals had spelt words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte.

"I just focused on my word and tried to spell it right", she said.

"It's like a dream come true", Ananya said. Vinay will take home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

After three consecutive ties, the National Spelling Bee was determined to have a solo victor, so it added a new tiebreaker procedure for Thursday night's finals in Oxon Hill, Md.

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Ananya was able to outlast 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev, who finished in second place. And the final one- appeared to be the easiest of them all. She called the win "really fantastic". Rohan was out of the competition after he misspelt the word "marram, ' a type of coarse perennial grass". And she'll have to find time to watch her beloved Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals while enjoying the champion's whirlwind media tour.

She left out the "v" - but it's not a real word anyway, so no harm done.

This year's favorite, Shourav Dasari, an eighth-grader from Texas, surprised the audience.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. "She's just so dedicated, spelling is her life, I'm just so glad for her", said Mia Uller, friend. Upon her win, she looked unphased until her family joined her-particularly her awesomly expressive father, Vinay Sreekumar-and she flashed a wide grin.

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