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NUS High School Students Clinch one GOLD & one SILVER at IMO 2011

The 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 17 to 24 July 2011. The Singapore team received four Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
 
In a field of 564 participants from 101 countries, Singapore emerged as 3rd, ahead of countries well known for their Olympiad prowess. This is Singapore’s best ever achievement in IMO!
 
Our students, Lim Jeck (M11403) obtained a Gold while Ang Yan Sheng (M11509) secured a silver.
 
In addition, Lim Jeck was the best Singaporean and also emerged as 2nd in the world! This is indeed a fantastic achievement.
 

Background

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students.  The contestants must be no more than 20 years old and must not have any post secondary-school education. There is no limit to how many times a person may participate in the IMO, provided the student meets the age and schooling requirements. 
 
The student competitor writes two contest papers on consecutive days for 4.5 hours, with three problems on each day. Each question is worth seven marks. Only a whole number of marks are given.  Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded in the ratio of 1:2:3, with no more than one-twelfth of the students getting a Gold Medal, no more than one-quarter of the students getting either a Gold or a Silver Medal and no more than one-half of the students getting a medal of any kind.  A certificate of Honourable Mention is given to any students who are not receiving a medal but obtained full marks for at least one problem.