Australia leaps into top 10 at 2015 IMO

Australia leaps into top 10 at 2015 IMO

With 2 Gold and 4 Silver medals at the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held this week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, our young secondary school students delivered an outstanding performance. In our best result in 35 years of competition, the team improved Australia’s ranking from 11th last year to 6th in the world.


The IMO team after the Closing Ceremony with their medals, from left: Dr Angelo Di Pasquale, Team Leader, Jeremy Yip, Seyoon Ragavan, Yang Song, Ilia Kucherov, Alexander Gunning, Kevin Xian and Andrew Elvey Price, Deputy Team Leader.

Alexander Gunning on the way to collect his Gold medal at the 2015 IMO closing ceremony

Alexander Gunning on the way to collect his Gold medal at the 2015 IMO closing ceremony

See the interview with Alexander Gunning on the ABC Morning Show Monday 20 July 2015 here. Multi-medallist Alexander Gunning scored Gold and was ranked individually 4th in the world. With three Golds and a Bronze he is now the highest Australian on the IMO Hall of Fame leader board. Seyoon Ragavan was also awarded Gold for his 19th placing. All our other team members scored Silver: Yang Song, at his second IMO, Jeremy Yip, Kevin Xian and Ilia Kucherov on their first attempt.

Seyoon Ragavan wins Gold for his efforts at 2015 IMO.

Seyoon Ragavan wins Gold at the 2015 IMO.

See Seyoon’s story on SBS news here. Read articles about Seyoon in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times. Jeremy Yip

Jeremy Yip receives his Silver medal at the 2015 IMO.

Listen to the interview with Jeremy by 774ABC Melbourne’s Rafael Epstein here.

Listen to an interview with Adam Spencer by Mike Jeffreys on radio 2UE.

The competition attracted 577 contestants from 104 countries, and was held in Thailand from 8 to 16 July. Students sat the IMO papers on 10 and 11 July, then awaited the marking and jury decisions.

>> Official IMO results are available here

2015 Team Results

The Australian team members and their results are:

Alexander Gunning 12 Glen Waverley Secondary College VIC 36 Gold
Seyoon Ragavan 11 Knox Grammar School NSW 29 Gold
Jeremy Yip 12 Trinity Grammar School VIC 23 Silver
Kevin Xian 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 21 Silver
Yang Song 12 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW 20 Silver
Ilia Kucherov 11 Westall Secondary College VIC 19 Silver

The cut-off scores for medals were Gold 26, Silver 19 and Bronze 14.