Six boys, aged between 16 and 18 from different parts of Greece, joined forces in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad of 2017 and won the 12th place, among 111 countries that took place a few days ago in Brazil.
Students from South Korea were placed first, followed by Vietnam and China. Greece came third in Europe (after Britain and Russia) and the first in the countries of the European Union, winning a total of six medals (one gold, four silvers and one bronze).
“I feel very proud and happy about this success,” Vasilis Georgiadis, who won the gold medal of the Greek team, told at Kathimerini, Greek newspaper, while he adds, “It is a great honor for me to make this distinction in an International Olympiad and I have to say I did not expect it, since the rivals in these competitions are very good.”
Vasilis, finished the high school this year, and he will study to the School of Electrical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, while he has taken part in several Mathematics competitions in Greece and abroad, with significant distinctions.
Rafael Psyroukis, who won the bronze medal of the Greek team, is preparing to start a mathematics study at Cambridge University in the autumn.
As he stated, he has participated in competitions of the Mathematical Society for years and this success was for him a great moral satisfaction: “Exercises are of a very high standard and need a lot of preparation to succeed,” he explains and describes the experience in Rio de Janeiro. “It was a very good event. We had the opportunity to engage our peers from different countries, get to know their culture and make friends. In addition to the mathematics that unites us, we talked about other interests, such as sports or music. We also had the opportunity to make many excursions and get to know the sights of Rio. ”
“The success of Greek students is enormous, because participation in such a competition requires talent, and focus on the goal,” Giannis Tyrlis, general secretary of the Greek Mathematical Society, stated in Kathimerini, while Education Minister Kostas Gavroglou expressed his warm congratulations to the students as well as to the Greek Mathematical Society for this great distinction./IBNA