Date
21 August 2017
Hong Kong primary students clinched four gold medals and became the overall champions for their category at the International Mathematics Competitions in Lucknow, India. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong primary students clinched four gold medals and became the overall champions for their category at the International Mathematics Competitions in Lucknow, India. Photo: HKEJ

HK team tops international maths competition in India

Hong Kong primary students became the overall champion for their category at the International Mathematics Competitions (IMC) held in Lucknow in northern India, beating 72 other teams from 26 countries, hk01.com reports.

Four students from primary schools under the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui won four gold medals, enabling their team to become the overall champion for the primary students category on Sunday.

Another Hong Kong team made up of primary school students from the Diocesan Boys’ School finished first runner-up in their group. Three of the team members won one silver medal and two merits.

The IMC is divided into individual and team competitions, in which contestants were required to solve 15 mathematics questions within 90 minutes, before cracking another ten in 60 minutes via group discussion and division of labor.

Eight teams from mainland China withdrew from the IMC, which closed on Sunday, citing safety concerns, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The Central News Agency reported that the Chinese teams pulled out because of mounting pressure from their country’s border dispute with India.

As a result, the Taiwan delegation “benefited”, with their representatives being able to hold the Taiwan flag during the opening and closing ceremonies, the report said.

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