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South African team ranked 58th at International Mathematical Olympiad

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Hong Kong hosted the world’s brightest mathletes at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) from the 6th till the 16th of July. South Africa won one bronze medal and is ranked 58th out of 109 countries.

From Left; Bronson Rudner ,  David Broodryk,  Nicholas Kroon, Sanjiv Ranchod , Andrew McGregor and   Mohammed Yaseen Mowzer.

From Left; Bronson Rudner , David Broodryk, Nicholas Kroon, Sanjiv Ranchod , Andrew McGregor and Mohammed Yaseen Mowzer.

The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania and has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from five continents. A total of 602 contestants from 109 countries participated in this year’s IMO. The International Mathematical Olympiad ranks each team according to the team’s individual combined results. The top five countries in ranking order are: United States of America, Republic of Korea, Peoples Republic of China, Singapore and Taiwan.

Since 1992 South Africa has been an active participating country in the largest and oldest Olympiad for the exact sciences.  This year’s South African team was made up by Nicholas Kroon (St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown), Andrew McGregor (Rondebosch Boys’ High School in Cape Town), Mohammed Yaseen Mowzer (Fairbairn College in Cape Town), Sanjiv Ranchod (Westerford High School in Cape Town), Bronson Rudner (South African College High School in Cape Town) and David Broodryk (Westerford High School in Cape Town). They have been training under the watchful eyes of team leaders Dr Dirk Basson and Mr Phil Labuschagne.

David Broodryk walked away with one bronze medal. Nicholas Kroon, Andrew McGregor, Mohammed Yaseen Mowzer and Bronson Rudner each received honourable mentions for solving at least one question correctly. Dr Dirk Basson, team leader says that he is proud of the South African team’s performance. “Competing at the IMO is the pinnacle of every young mathematician’s dream.   The South African team has performed to the best of their ability.  We are satisfied to be ranked 58th out of 109 countries.”

South Africa was the best African country to partake in the 2016 IMO.  A total of 10 African countries took part.  The other African countries in ranking order are Tunisia(76), Morocco(79),  Algeria(82), Nigeria(88), Uganda(98), Botswana(103), Egypt(104), Ghana(104) and Tanzania(106).

The 58th International Mathematical Olympiad will be held in Brazil. The South African team will be announced by the end of May next year and the selection will be based on the results of this year’s South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) and other SAMF Olympiad programmes.

Registration for next year’s SAMO opens in January 2017 and schools that would like to enter their learners can contact the SAMF office on 012 392 9342 or send an email to info@samf.ac.za

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