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US Places Third, Shen Scores Third-Best Score at 53rd International Math Olympiad

Results are in for the 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad, which took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Team USA placed third overall with teammate Bobby Shen (Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas) earning the third-best score among all individuals competing in the contest.

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a six-problem, 42-point math competition held over two days. More than 90 nations compete in this annual event, which is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. Questions cover a wide range of mathematics. Past IMO questions can be found here.

This year, 548 students participated. Contestants with a score of at least 28 points received a gold medal. Silver medals were awarded to those garnering 21-27 points, and contestants with a score of 14-20 points were awarded a bronze medal. Singapore’s Jeck Lim was the only contestant to achieve a perfect score of 42.

The team from the Republic of Korea placed first with a total score of 209, followed by the team from People's Republic of China with a score of 195. Team USA placed third with a score of 194. Individual and country results are available here

Scores of Team USA (in alphabetical order):

Xiaoyu He won a silver medal with 27 points.
Ravi Jagadeesan won a gold medal with 28 points.
Mitchell Lee won a gold medal with 29 points.
Bobby Shen won a gold medal with 39 points.
Thomas Swayze won a gold medal with 35 points.
David Yang won a gold medal with 36 points.

Source: IMO Official
USA IMO 2012 Team Announced!
Awards Presented to 2012 USAMO Winners (June 8, 2012)

Start Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012