Six Australian high school students competed in this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad bringing home two golds, two silvers, one bronze and an honourable mention in a competition that attracted more than 107 countries and 619 students worldwide.
The team placed 18th in the competition and gold medallist Hadyn Tang from Trinity Grammar, Melbourne was Australia’s highest ranked IMO competitor, coming in at 24th out of 619 competitors.
The event has been running for more than 60 years and this is the second year that competitors have trained and competed virtually due to COVID.
Australia’s team was supported by the Australian Maths Trust, CEO, Nathan Ford congratulated the students on their results and applauded their ability to adapt and succeed in the highly competitive, international event.
Nathan also acknowledged AMT’s Director of Training for IMO, Angelo Di Pasquale who mentored, trained, and prepared the team for this year’s competition.
“Thanks must go to Angelo and his team for preparing the team so well and keeping them engaged despite the changed circumstances forced on us by COVID. Not only has he done a great job preparing the team, but one of his problems was included on the first day of competition – a great honour and testament to Australia’s reputation for problem solving at this level.”
AMT’s Olympiad programs are supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through the Science Competitions: Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads grant opportunity. The Olympiad programs are also supported by the National Sponsor of the Australian Informatics and Mathematical Olympiads, Optiver.
2021 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team results
Hadyn Tang Gold Year 12 Trinity Grammar School, Vic
Andres Buritica Gold Year 12 Scotch College, Vic
Zian Shang Silver Year 10 Scotch College, Vic
Haibing Wang Silver Year 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW
Jason Chi Bronze Year 12 Scotch College, Vic
Ruiying Wu Honourable mention Year 12 St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA
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