Two south Asian Americans have been crowned co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the first time there have been co-champs since 1962, reports CNN.
Sriram Hathwar(pictured left), an eighth grader from New York, and Ansun Sujoe(pictured right), a 7th grader from Texas, both walked away with the prize because there were no more words left in the competition.
Almost immediately, there was a backlash on social media.
Jeff Chu compiled some of those Tweets on Storify.
“I think we both know that the competition was against the dictionary, not against each other,” Hathwar said after the win. “I am happy to share this trophy with him.”
“I was pretty happy when I made the finals, and now I’m even happier that I’m a co-champion,” Sujoe said.
You can find out a lot more about the champs and what it took for them to win on CNN.