Georgian Students Win 6 Medals at Intíl Mathematical Olympiad
By Tea Mariamidze
Tuesday, July 17
A team of 6 Georgian high-school students won five bronze and one silver medal at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the most prestigious scientific Olympiad for pre-collegiate students, which was held on July 7-14 in Cluj-Napoca, northwestern Romania.
This year, Romania hosted more than 600 best high school students in mathematics around the world.
During the competition, contestants had toindividually solve two contest papers in two consecutive days, with three problems each day. Each problem is worth seven points. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in the ratio of 1:2:3 according to the overall results ó half of the contestants receive a medal.
In order to encourage as many students as possible to solve problems, certificates of honorable mention are awarded to students (not receiving a medal) who obtained 7 points for at least one problem.
Georgia started taking part in IMO in 1993. Since then the country has won Gold medals- 3, Silver medals-19 and 62 Bronze medals, also, honorable mentions- 48.
This year, bronze medal winners from Georgia are: Nikoloz Birekadze, Aleksandre Khokhiashvili, Dimitry Korkotashvili, Luka Mushkudiani and TeimurazToloraia.
The silver medalwas awarded to Saba Lepsveridze.
Georgian team showed one of the best results at the Olympiad and scored 212points from thetotalof 252. The team took the 27th place.
The host Romanian team occupied the 33rd place with a gold medal, a silver medal, two bronze and two special mentions.
The International Mathematical Olympiad is the largest, oldest and most prestigious scientific Olympiad for high school students.
The history of IMO dates back to 1959, when the first edition was held in Romania with seven countries participating. The event has been held every year (except 1980) in different countries since then.
107 countries from 5 continents participated in the Olympiad this year.
Each country can send a team of up to six secondary students or individuals who have not entered University or the equivalent, as of the date of celebration of the Olympiad, plus one team leader, one deputy leader, and observers if desired.