1 Jun 2013

Spelling Bee winner knew "knaidel"

5:57 am on 1 June 2013

A New York boy won this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States with the Yiddish word "knaidel".

Correctly spelling the German-derived word for a dumpling served in soup, Arvind Mahankali, 13, outlasted 11 others in two hours of televised competition to win $US30,000 on Thursday.

The BBC reports Arvind had finished in third place for the last two years, beaten each time by German-derived words.

He is the 11th Indian American to win the spelling bee in the last 15 years.

After he correctly spelled the final word, he smiled and cracked his knuckles as confetti rained down on stage, then lifted a large trophy above his head.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Arvind said he would now turn his attention to maths and physics competitions.