All six Vietnamese students participating in the 2023 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) won medals, including two golds, two silvers, and two bronzes, the Ministry of Education and Training announced on Tuesday.
With this achievement, Vietnam ranked sixth among more than 110 countries and territories taking part in the annual competition, after China, the U.S., South Korea, Romania, and Japan, in descending order.
The gold medals belonged to Nguyen An Thinh, a 12th-grade student majoring in computing at Tran Phu High School for Gifted Students in northern Hai Phong City, and Pham Viet Hung, another 12th grader from High School for Gifted Students in Natural Sciences under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi.
Nguyen Dinh Kien, an 11th grader specializing in math at the same school as Thinh, and Hoang Tuan Dung, a 12th- grade student, also with a major in math, at High School for Gifted Students under the Hanoi National University of Education earned a silver medal each.
The two bronzes went to two 12th graders: Khuc Dinh Toan from Bac Ninh High School for Gifted Students in northern Bac Ninh Province and Tran Nguyen Thanh Danh from High School for Gifted Students under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City.
The 2023 IMO took place in Japan from July 2 to 12, with the participation of 625 contestants from 112 countries and territories.
The competition organizers awarded 315 medals, including 53 golds, 89 silvers, and 173 bronzes, accounting for around 50 percent of the total number of contestants.
In last year’s IMO in Norway, Vietnam ranked fourth among 104 countries and territories, with two golds, two silvers, and two bronzes.
The IMO has been an annual event since 1959 and Vietnamese students began taking part in the competition in 1974.
Vietnam has won 266 medals, including 69 golds, 115 silvers, and 82 bronzes, ever since.