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LONDON, DEC. 6. Schoolgirls of Indian origin have beaten some 100,000 rivals including native English speakers to top the Hard Spell Competition. They notched up an impressive list of correctly spelt diverse and difficult words.
Gayathri Kumar, 13, from Ormskirk near Liverpool, won the first Hard Spell Competition held by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), defeating another Indian, Nisha, when asked to spell `dachshund' last night. Gayathri correctly spelt words like apocalypse, mezzanine, troglodyte, claustrophobia, geisha and resuscitate to become Britain's best young speller.
She won the holiday of a lifetime, £5,000 (about Rs. 4.3 lakhs) worth of media equipment for her school and the Hard Spell trophy.
The five finalists were whittled down from over 100,000 spellers who took part in school competitions in September.
Gayathrisaid: " I really wanted to win Hard Spell because I know it would make my dad really proud and I'd like to go on holiday somewhere like Russia or Brazil." Her tip for spellers and future Hard Spell contestants is to "write down the words you get wrong and carry the list around with you, looking at it when you have spare time." PTI
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