Lankan students excel at Mathematical Olympiad
Five senior school students won three bronze medals and received
two honourable mentions at the 47th International Mathematical
Olympiad (IMO) in Ljubljana, Slovenia recently.
The award winning students were Varuna P. Jayasiri - Royal
College, Colombo, R. B. Mahindaratne - Ananda College, Colombo,
Supun T. Samarakoon - Maliyadewa College, Kurunegala, J. M. S.
Srimal Silva - De Mazenod College, Kandana and T. Priyadarshi
Senanayake - Rahula College, Matara.
The students who participated in the mathematical competition
obtained 71 marks and emerged 55th of 90 countries. They outwitted
some of the best student mathematicians in the world with courage,
grit and determination, said CEO Sri Lanka Olympiad Mathematics
Foundation (SLOMF), Chanaka Wijeratne.
Wijeratne said the students with exceptional mathematical skills
were able to outdo students of developed countries such as Greece,
New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Ireland and Denmark.
The team chosen to represent Sri Lanka at the International
Olympiad was the winners of the Sri Lanka Mathematical Olympiad
which was organised by the SLOMF. The students underwent systematic
and rigorous training prior to their departure for the competition,
Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo, Dr. Kirthi Premadasa said
Sri Lankan students have been competing since 1995 and this year's
victory is a tribute to the country. It is an achievement the
country will certainly be proud of. It will encourage students to
develop their mathematical skills and participate in international
events of this nature.
The IMO was set up in 1959 to encourage mathematically gifted
students to develop their talents and foster international
relations. The mathematical questions are set by an international
panel comprising renowned mathematicians based on number, theory,
algebra and geometry.