During coordination, the two leaders of each team (Deputy Leader + Leader) meet with 'coordinators' provided by the host country who represent each of the six questions to argue the points that they believe their students deserve.
Sometimes to support their arguments, the leaders may attempt to show that a contestant's working can indeed produce a valid solution to fully convince the coordinators that they deserve for example a 3 instead of a 1.
While the leaders are working, the contestants go on several organized excursions around the host city to experience the unique culture and have fun!
During this time, the students can find out the results of the coordination of certain questions through screens that project the scores throughout the base of the IMO. The full results are shown once the scores have been finalized and the medal boundaries are set. The participants are ranked according to their scores and the medals are awarded as follows:
- GOLD: the top 1/12 of scores receive gold medals
- SILVER: the next 2/12 of scores receive silver medals
- BRONZE: the next 3/12 of scores receive bronze medals
- HONOURABLE MENTION: any student who receives a perfect score of 7 on any one question but who does not receive a medal, is awarded an honorable mention.
Enough dilly-dallying, time for the results! The medal cuts were set this year at gold 29, silver 22, bronze 16, giving us one silver medal, one bronze medal and three honorable mentions. Out award winners were:
- SILVER: George Han (Westlake Boys' High School)
- BRONZE: Vincent Qi (Auckland International College)
- HONOURABLE MENTION: Peter Huxford (Newlands College), Martin Luk (King's College) and Kevin Shen (St Kentigern College)
Overall we were placed 60th out of 106 nations. A massive congratulations to our team for another outstanding result!
Also a special mention to other teams in the IMO with stellar (and some record-breaking) results:
- Netherlands (ranked 13th): 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze Medal
- Australia (ranked 11th equal): 1 Gold Medal, 3 Silver Medals, 2 Bronze Medals
- United Kingdom (ranked 20th): 4 Silver Medals, 2 Bronze Medals
A mention to the three contestants with full marks (42/42) -a rare achievement:
- Alexander Gunning of Australia
- Jiyang Gao of the People's Republic of China
- Po-Sheng Wu of Taiwan
Full results can be found on the official IMO page.
All photos from this post are credited to the IMO organisers.