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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is proud to announce the results of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) that took place in Argentina on 10 and 11 July 2012.  The SA team was awarded two bronze medals and three honourable mentions at the closing ceremony in Argentina.

Since 1992 South Africa has been an active participating country in the largest and oldest Olympiad for the exact sciences.  The South African team is made up by Dylan Nelson (Benoni High School, Gauteng), Robert Spencer (Westerford High School, Western Cape), DALIAN SUNDER (STAR COLLEGE, Kwa-Zulu Natal), Robin Visser (St George’s Grammar School, Western Cape), Junho Son (St Alban’s College, Gauteng) and Mickey Chew (Elkanah House, Western Cape).

This year a total of 548 contestants took part in the IMO and the jury voted to present extra medals which resulted in 277 contestants being awarded a medal for obtaining a score of 14 or above,” explains Maciek Stankiewicz.  “An honourable mention is given to contestants who solved one problem perfectly.”
Bronze medals were awarded to DALIAN SUNDER, who scored a total of 18 and Dylan Nelson with a score of 15. 

Mickey Chew, Junho Son and Robert Spencer all received honourable mentions.

With these results team South Africa is ranked 56th in the world.

The top countries, in this order, are South Korea, China, the United States of America and Russia.

Coming out on TOP with a perfect score of 42 was Jeck Lim from Singapore.

The SAMF, as the organizers of the South African team, and the Harmony Gold Mining Company, who sponsored the team’s travel expenses and training camps, would like congratulate the team on their performance.

For more information about the IMO visit their website: www.imo-official.org

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