Cillian Doherty (6th Year at Coláiste Eoin, Booterstown, Dublin) and Anna Mustata (5th Year at Bishopstown Community School, Cork) have won Bronze Medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro. It is the first time Ireland has won two medals at an IMO since first competing in 1988. Ireland’s team score was also the highest score ever achieved by an Irish team in the competition. 112 countries competed in this year’s contest. View Ireland’s performance since 1988 here.
Ireland’s four other team members received Honourable Mentions. They are: Antonia Huang (Mount Anville Secondary School, Dublin); Mark Heavey (Blackrock College, Dublin); Mark Fortune (CBS Thurles Secondary School, Tipperary); and Darragh Glynn (St Paul's College, Raheny, Dublin).
The Irish team was led by Dr Mark Flanagan, an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at UCD and a researcher with CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks. Anca Mustata, a lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences in UCC, was Deputy Leader.
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents.