Filipino students won two medals and four honorable mentions at the 63rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in-person in Oslo, Norway.
Based on official results, the Philippines won two bronze medals courtesy of Mohammad Nur Casib of the Philippine Science High School-Central Mindanao Campus and Raphael Dylan Dalida of the Philippine Science High School-Main.
This is Casib’s first participation in the IMO and the third for Dalida who won a silver medal last year and a bronze medal in 2020.
Winning honorable mentions at the IMO are Sarji Elijah Bona of the De La Salle University Senior High School who won a bronze medal last year, Rickson Caleb Tan of MGC New Life Christian Academy in Taguig, Filbert Ephraim Wu of Victory Christian International School in Pasig, and Enrico Rolando Martinez of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus.
A total of 589 contestants, including 68 females from 104 countries, participated in the 63rd IMO.
With the results, the Philippines ranked 55th out of the 104 countries, down from 23rd place last year when the country won four silver medals and two honorable mentions.
China topped this year’s IMO, bagging six gold medals, followed by South Korea with three gold and three silver medals; US with four gold, one silver and one bronze medals; Vietnam with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals; Romania with two gold and four silver medals; and Thailand with three gold, two silver and one bronze medals.
This year, 44 gold medals, 101 silver medals, 140 bronze medals, and 210 honorable mentions were awarded.
The Philippines first participated in the IMO in 1988 and including this year’s results, the country has won a total of four gold medals, 16 silver medals, 37 bronze medals, and 30 honorable mentions.
Accompanying the Philippine team were Christian Chan Shio, coach, and Hazel Joy Shi, deputy coach.