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A World Champion in the 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad from NUS High School

The 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from 8 to 16 July 2012. The Singapore team received 1 Gold, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronzes and emerged in the 7th position with a total of 154 points.

Our students, Lim Jeck (M12506) won a Gold, Ling Yan Hao (M12406) got a Silver and Ang Yan Sheng (M12609) obtained a Bronze.

In addition, Lim Jeck created history for Singapore by winning the competition as the Champion with a perfect score! 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.