“Children are terrifying.”
For the third year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie. Nihar Saireddy Janga, an 11-year-old from Austin, Texas, and Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar, a 13-year-old from Painted Post, New York, were declared co-champions Thursday night.
From left: Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Painted Post, N.Y.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
But the tie came after hours of grueling competition and intimidating mind games by Nihar to unravel his competitor, Jairam.
A Vine created by Sports Illustrated‘s The Cauldron, which has garnered over 3.4 million loops in just 13 hours, captures Nihar’s brute competitiveness.