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Media Release – Five Medals at International Mathematical Olympiad

Australian student solves hardest problem in history of competition

The Australian team is bringing home three silver and two bronze medals, plus an honourable mention, from the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This year’s competition contained the hardest problem in the history of the IMO. Only seven students scored any points on the question, and only two, including Australia’s Linus Cooper, completely solved the problem. Australia has the distinction of scoring more points than any other country on this question with Hadyn Tang also achieving a partial score on the problem.

The Australian Mathematics Trust’s (AMT) CEO, Nathan Ford, said: ‘We had a great overall team result and it is a significant achievement for Australia to score more points than any other country on the hardest IMO problem in history. It shows how well our competitors are trained in solving complex problems. It’s a testament to Linus’ training, focus and perseverance that he solved it.’

The Australian team finished 34th out of 111 countries in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad. The South Korean team were the outright winners, with each competitor earning a gold medal.

Six hundred and fifteen students participated in the IMO from the across the globe. The competition was held over 18 and 19 July with competitors having to solve three problems over four and a half hours each day.

The Australian team spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the Olympiad selection. They succeeded amongst more than 25,000 students participating in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty students attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The Australian results were:

2017 International Mathematical Olympiad
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12 to 23 July

Student School State Result
James Bang Baulkham Hills High School NSW Bronze medal
Matthew Cheah Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC Silver medal
Linus Cooper James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW Silver medal
William Hu Christ Church Grammar School WA Bronze medal
Hadyn Tang Trinity Grammar School VIC Honourable mention
Guowen Zhang St Joseph’s College QLD Silver medal


The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Mathematical Olympiad is already underway. Students from across the country are preparing to sit important competitions during Term 3 including the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO) and the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Senior Contest.

Detailed results of the competition are located on the IMO official homepage.

Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
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Australian Olympians ready to take on the world in mathematics and informatics

IMO and IOI teams

Ten of Australia’s best students have made the teams to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad and International Olympiad in Informatics, taking place in July and August.

James Bang (Year 10, Baulkham Hills High School), Matthew Cheah (Year 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School), Linus Cooper (Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School), William Hu (Year 11, Christ Church Grammar School), Hadyn Tang (Year 8, Trinity Grammar School) and Guowen Zhang (Year 11, St Joseph’s College) were named as the members of the 2017 team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 12th to the 23rd of July. Richard Gong (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Charles Jameson (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Jerry Mao (Year 11, Caulfield Grammar School) and Angus Ritossa (Year 10, St Peter’s College) make up the team heading to the International Olympiad in Informatics and will be heading to Tehran, Iran, from the 28th of July to the 4th of August.

The Olympians received their Australian team blazers before the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, at an official team announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 19 June.

This year’s youngest Olympian, Hadyn Tang said: ‘I am looking forward to being able to challenge myself at the IMO [International Mathematics Olympiad], and to have the opportunity to explore more areas of mathematics and meet other mathematical peers.’

These students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They came from a pool of more than 25,000 students through extension programs and qualifying exams.  After making a shortlist of 150, they attended intensive training schools for ultimate selection to the teams.

The Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

International Olympiad in Informatics 

28 July – 4 August, Tehran, Iran         

Richard Gong Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Charles Jameson Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 11 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Angus Ritossa Year 10 St Peter’s College SA
International Mathematical Olympiad 

12–23 July, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

James Bang Year 10 Baulkham Hills High School NSW
Matthew Cheah Year 12 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC
Linus Cooper Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
William Hu Year 11 Christ Church Grammar School WA
Hadyn Tang Year 8 Trinity Grammar School VIC
Guowen Zhang Year 11 St Joseph’s College QLD

Australian Olympians to be supported by government funding

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) has welcomed the announcement from the Honourable Greg Hunt, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, that the government will continue to support our most talented Australian students to take part in the international Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads. The Australian Mathematics Trust will deliver this programme on behalf of the government.

The IMO and IOI are part of the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science and Mathematics Olympiads, annual worldwide competitions for exceptionally talented secondary school students from more than 100 countries. They are the premier international competitions for students of pre-university level and represent the pinnacle of high school achievement in each discipline.

Australian students regularly excel at these Olympiads: in 2016, teams returned from the International Mathematical Olympiad with two silver and four bronze medals and with three silver and one bronze medals from the International Olympiad in Informatics.

Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Executive Director of the AMT said, ‘At the top level, in the highly competitive International Olympiads, Australia performs consistently well. At a time when maths education in particular is a concern in Australia, the outstanding achievements of these students are inspirational. The students who attend these Olympiads are indicative of the enormous talent and capabilities of our young people.’

Announcements were also made to increase funding to Australian Science Innovations  for the Australian Science Olympiads and Asian Physics Olympiad, and the National Youth Science Forum.

The AMT is under the trusteeship of the University of Canberra.