BANGKOK, 25th July 2019 (NNT) – Thai students have won three gold medals and three silver medals at the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad in the United Kingdom. As a team, Thai students achieved the 5th highest score in the competition which was attended by contenders from over 100 countries.
The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) welcomed six Thai students who had returned from Bath in the United Kingdom, after successfully winning medals at the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad.
Mr. Sornthep Wannarat, IPST Assistant Director, disclosed that the three gold medalists are Mr. Jirayus Jinaphong, Kamnerdwit School, Rayong, Mr. Phitchayot Saengrungkhongkha, Bangkok Christian College, Bangkok, and Mr. Paphon Laphet, Mahidol Witthayanusorn School, Nakhon Pathom. The three silver medalists are Mr. Paramut Samutsin, Triam Udom Seuksa School, Bangkok, Mr. Nathanon Therdphraisan, Bangkok Christian College, Bangkok, and Mr. Thana Somsiriwatthana, Suankularb Witthayalai School, Bangkok.
The students admitted that they felt pressured during the competition because it was an international competition but relieved the pressure by making it fun to do the exams. Thailand’s 5th highest score suggests that the country has personnel with real potential.
The competition was attended by 621 participants from 112 countries and territories. China and the United States made overall top scores. The Thai students score of 185 was the highest that Thai students have ever achieved since their participation in the Olympiad began in 1989.