Vietnam bags gold at 2020 Informatics Olympiad

By Duong Tam, Phan Anh   September 24, 2020 | 01:06 am PT
Vietnam bags gold at 2020 Informatics Olympiad
The four Vietnamese contestants (C) for the 2020 International Olympiad in Informatics at the award ceremony in Hanoi, September 23, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Education and Training.
Vietnam snatched a gold medal at 2020 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held online earlier this month, the competition’s administration announced Wednesday.

Bui Hong Duc, a 12th grader at the High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi University of Science under Vietnam National University, secured a gold medal at the competition with a score of 533.58 out of 600, ranking 11th out of 343.

His three remaining teammates, 12th grader Vu Hoang Kien and 11th grader Le Quang Huy from the same school, and 12th grader Tran Quang Thanh from the High School for Gifted Students under the Hanoi National University of Education, scooped two silver and a bronze medal, with scores ranging from 282.66 to 454.43, ranking from 39th to 133rd place.

Last year, Duc also secured a gold medal for Vietnam with a score of 421.66, putting him at 24th out of 327 contestants.

With the four medals, Vietnam ranked 9th out of 87 participating teams this year, a drop of five places from last year.

The IOI is one of the most prestigious annual computer science competitions in the world for high school students. It is one of five international science olympiads, besides mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.

This year’s IOI, hosted by Singapore, was held online from September 13 to September 19 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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