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Yuan Yao ’17 and Kevin Sun ’16 Receive Gold, Qi Qi ’17 Silver at International Mathematical Olympiad

July 20, 2016

The winning U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad team: (l to r) Ankan Bhattacharya, Allen Liu, Ashwin Sah, Michael Kural, Yuan Yao  and Junyao Peng. Courtesy: Carnegie Mellon University.

Yuan Yao ’17 and Kevin Sun ’16 both took home gold medals from the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong this year. With a perfect score of 42, Yao placed first alongside five other competitors who also received top scores. Qi Qi ’17, the highest scoring female contestant at the IMO, gained silver.

For Qi and Yao, this was the first IMO competition, making their success that much more remarkable. This is a repeat accomplishment for Sun, who won IMO gold in 2015 and 2014, and bronze in 2013.

Yao was a member of the winning U.S. team, which placed first out of 109 participating countries. This is the second consecutive year that the U.S. team has won first place at the IMO.

Sun and Qi both competed on the Canadian team, which placed 12th overall.

The IMO is an annual worldwide mathematics competition for high school students. The prestigious competition represents over 100 countries and 600 talented students from across the globe, testing their abilities over the course of ten days with six math problems. This year the IMO was hosted at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from July 6 to July 16.

Related Links:

"U.S. Team Wins First Place at International Math Olympiad," The New York Times.