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Math Genies Rank Romania 1st in Europe, 10th in the World


Romania was ranked 1st in Europe and 10th in the world at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 2012. Omer Cerrahoglu and Radu Bumbăcea won gold medals at IMO 2012, organized this year in Mar del Plata, Argentina between the 4th and 16th of July. Octav Drăgoi, Ioana Tamas and Ștefan Ivanovici were granted with silver medals, while Ștefan Spătaru was awarded a bronze medal.

This year a number of 548 contestants participated from 100 countries at the 53rd edition of the IMO. One contestant may obtain a maximum of 7 points for one solved problem, in total there are 6 problems and every candidate has to solve them individually. On is awarded a gold medal if he or she scores at least 28 points, silver medal is obtained with at least 21 points, whereas bronze medal is attributed with at least 14 points. The country score is established by adding together the individual scores.

Based on the number of points received by participants from each country, Republic of Korea occupies the first position, with a country score of 209 points, followed by the People’s Republic of China with 195 points and the United States of America with 194 points.

Romania occupies the 10th position among the 100 participating countries, being represented by a team of 6 math genies. The country score for Romania is 144 points out of the maximum of 252 points attainable. The Romanian math Olympiad team was coordinated by Radu Gologan, president of the National Math Olympiad Commission and president of the Math Sciences Society, former winner of silver and bronze medals at the Math Olympiad in 1970 and 1971.

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Advisory Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO.

Romania won the first place at IMO in the years 1959, 1978, 1985, 1987 and 1996 and was a host of the competition in the years 1959, 1960, 1969, 1978 and 1999.

Between 1959 and 2012 Romania was awarded at the IMO with 73 gold medals, 121 silver medals, 93 bronze medals and 3 honorable mentions. Among the first 100 competitors of the hall of fame of the Math Olympiad are included 12 Romanians, the winners of two or three gold medals and various silver and bronze awards: Ciprian Manolescu, Mihai Manea, Stefan Laurenţiu Horneţ, Teodor Bănică, Adrian Vasiu, Adrian-Ioan Zahariuc, Radu Bumbăcea, Ana Caraiani, Andrei Moroianu, Andrei-Bogdan Ungureanu, Dan Voiculescu, Omer Cerrahoglu.

This year, the International Olympiad in Informatics will be held in Lake Garda, Italy, between the 23rd and 30th of September. We will keep an eye on the country results and will offer a brief report about it afterwards. (T.Sz.)

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