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Vietnamese student attains perfect score at IMO

Jessica Nguyen

Jul 25, 2022

Vietnamese student attains perfect score at IMO

Two Vietnamese high-school students were awarded gold medals at the 2022 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and one of them hit a perfect score.

Ngo Quy Dang, a 12th grader, and Pham Viet Hung, an 11th grader at the High School for Gifted Students, Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University (VNU), both won gold at this year’s IMO, held in Oslo, Norway from July 6 to 16.

Dang attained the perfect score of 42 while Hung got 39. The score for an IMO gold medal is 34. For the first time since 2003, a Vietnamese contestant hit the perfect IMO score. This is not the first time Dang has won a gold medal from an IMO contest. In 2020, he was the first 10th grader in Vietnam to take part in such a contest, scoring 36.

Apart from Dang, nine other competitors also achieved 42 points. Six hail from China and the remaining three, from Japan, Ukraine, and Afghanistan.

Six Vietnamese students attended this year's IMO and the other four won two silver and two bronze medals. Overall, Vietnam ranked fourth on the full table of medals, up 10 places compared to 2021. China arrived first, followed by South Korea and the U.S.

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