​Vietnam wins four golds, two silvers at 19th Asian Physics Olympiad

This is Vietnam’s most notable success since it first joined the competition

The Vietnamese contingent stands at the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Physics Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 6, 2018, in a photo provided by the event’s organizing committee.

Vietnamese students have claimed four golds, two silvers and two bronzes at the 19th Asian Physics Olympiad, which ended in Hanoi on Saturday.

This achievement is the most impressive since Vietnam first joined the competition.

The numbers of gold, silver and bronze medals given in the annual event were 33, 13 and 24 respectively, with nine special prizes going to participants of excellent performance.

The Southeast Asian country was ranked third in the medal standings, which were topped by China, with eight golds, and Russia, which brought home five.

The competition for students under 20 this time had 188 candidates from 25 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the organizer.

Vietnam sent eight contestants to the contest, which opened on May 6 at the Hanoi-based University of Science and Technology, one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country.

All the participants had to complete tests designed by Vietnamese teachers and physicists.

“The results at this year’s competition show that many of the students knew how to creatively use their physics knowledge and experimental skills to solve problems. That’s why they finished with flying colors,” said Hoang Minh Son, head the event’s organizing committee.

The Asian Physics Olympiad, which has been hosted by Vietnam for the second time, is slated to take place in Australia next year.

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