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Last Updated: Friday June 03 2005 15:37 GMT

Teen is US Spelling Bee champion

Spelling Bee winner Anurag Kashyap
A 13-year-old boy has been crowned top speller in the US after beating 272 other contestants to the Annual National Spelling Bee title.

Anurag Kashyap clinched the title by managing to spell the word appoggiatura - which means melodic tone - correctly.

The National Spelling Bee competition is one of the biggest in the world and every year students in the US study hard to make it to the final.

Along with the title, Anurag also won 15,500 plus a set of encyclopaedias.

Anurag, who's from California, won the competition in the 19th round, beating finalists Samir Patel, 11 and Aliya Deri, 13.

Samir was floored by the word roscian - meaning skilled in acting.

And Aliya crashed out of the competition when she failed to spell the word trouvaille - meaning a lucky find.

'Pure happiness'

Spellers keep the competition friendly
After spelling the winning word Anurag ran over to hug his dad and said he felt "just pure happiness".

Anurag tied for 47th in last year's competition, and later told reporters that the experience "helped me to know what I should study to win this thing".

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