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2 boys declared co-champions of National Spelling Bee; first time in 52 years

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    Maria Kaltchenko of Tupelo, Miss., smiles after spelling the word "pointelle" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Jacob Williamson of Cape Coral, Fla., celebrates after learning he made the final round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Eighth grade home-schooled pupil Jacob Williamson, 15, of Cape Coral, Fla., reacts after correctly spelling his word "harlequinade", during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Jacob Williamson of Cape Coral, Fla., celebrates after learning he made the final round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Tejas Muthusamy of Glen Allen, Va., reacts after spelling "llanero" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Shayley Grace Martin of Riner, Va., concentrates before spelling the word "tachytely" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Sixth grade student Jae Canetti, 12, of Fairfax, Va., shows his disappointment after incorrectly spelling his word "parseval" during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Finalist Samuel Pereles, 13 of Waynesboro, Va., is congratulated by Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, left, after awarding him his medal, during the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Maria Kaltchenko of Tupelo, Miss., smiles after spelling the word "pointelle" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Finalist Gokul Venkatachalam, 13, of Chesterfield, Mo., right, is congratulated by Paige Kimble, left, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, after awarding him his medal, during the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Applauding are, back from left are, finalists Mary Horton, 13, of West Melbourne, Fla., and Jacob Williamson, 15, of Cape Coral, Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Ankita Vadiala of Manassas, Va., crosses her fingers as she spells the word "llanero" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Kate Miller of Abilene, Texas, reacts after learning she spelled the word "brachypterous" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Tajaun Gibbison of Mandeville, Jamaica, pauses while spelling the word "swidden" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Sumedh Garimella of Duluth, Ga., left, and Mary Elizabeth Horton of West Melbourne, Fla., wait for their turn during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Eighth grade home-schooled student Jacob Williamson, 15, of Cape Coral, Fla., reacts after correctly spelling his word "harlequinade", during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Williamson spelled his word correct. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Scripps National Spelling Bee finalists stand hand in hand on the stage with their medals, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The finals are scheduled for Thursday night. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Eighth grade student Joseph Cusi Delamerced, 14, of Cincinnati, Ohio, smiles after correctly spelling, "salicetum", during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Sixth grade student Jae Canetti, 12, of Fairfax, Va., cringes his face after incorrectly spelling his word "parseval" during the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Finalist Tejas Muthusamy, right, 11, of Glen Allen, Va., is congratulated by Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, left, after awarding him his medal, during the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Ansun Sujoe, right, 13, from Fort Worth, Texas, is congratulated by Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, after being awarded a medal and making it to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Standing on the from left are, finalists Mary Horton, 13, of West Melbourne, Fla., Tajaun Gibbison, 13, of Mandeville, Jamaica. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Eighth grade home-schooled student Kate Miller, 14, of Abilene, Texas, right, celebrates after making it to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Applauding in the center is Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Tea Freedman-Susskind of Redmond, Wash., celebrates after spelling "camembert" during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Kate Miller of Abilene, Texas, spells the the word "brachypterous" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    From left, Mary Horton, 13, of West Melbourne, Fla., Tajaun Gibbison, 13, of Mandeville, Jamaica, and Alia Abiad, 14, of Western Springs, Ill., celebrate, after receiving their medals from Paige Kimble, right, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and making it to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    Tea Freedman-Susskind of Redmond, Wash., right, is congratulated after spelling "camembert" correctly during the semifinal round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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OXON HILL, Md. — For the first time in 52 years, two spellers have been declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, shared the title after a riveting final-round duel Thursday night in which they nearly exhausted the 25 designated championship words. After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row, they both were named champions.

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