International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

Teams & Results

Teams & Results

South Africa and the International Mathematical Olympiad

 

South African Team and Results - 2016

The 2016 IMO took place in July in Hong Kong, China. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • David Broodryk (grade 12, Westerford High School) - Bronze Medal
  • Nick Kroon (grade 12, St Andrews College, Grahamstown) - Honourable Mention
  • Andrew McGregor (grade 12, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Yaseen Mowzer (grade 12, Fairbairn College) - Honourable Mention
  • Sanjiv Ranchod (grade 12, Westerford High School)
  • Bronson Rudner (grade 12, South African College High School) - Honourable Mention

South Africa ranked 58th out of 109 countries.

Team Leader: Dr Dirk Basson (University of Stellenbosch)

Deputy Leader: Phil Labuschagne

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South African Team and Results - 2015

The 2015 IMO took place in July in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • David Broodryk (grade 11, Westerford High School)
  • Nick Kroon (grade 11, St Andrews College, Grahamstown)
  • Andrew McGregor (grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Yaseen Mowzer (grade 11, Fairbairn College) - Bronze Medal
  • Sanjiv Ranchod (grade 11, Westerford High School)
  • Bronson Rudner (grade 11, South African College High School) - Honourable Mention

South Africa ranked 55th out of 104 countries.

Team Leader: Dr Dirk Basson (University of Stellenbosch)

Deputy Leader: Melissa Kistner (University of Stellenbosch)

Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended in his capacity as a member of the IMO Advisory Board, and organizer of the 2014 IMO in Cape Town.

Professor Nic Heideman (University of Cape Town) and Professor Stephan Wagner (University of Stellenbosch) were invited to take part as Coordinators.


South African Team and Results - 2014

The 2014 IMO took place in July in Cape Town, South Africa. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Robin Visser (grade 12, St George's Grammar School) - Bronze Medal
  • Yaseen Mowzer (grade 10, Fairbairn College) - Honourable Mention
  • Nashlen Govindasamy (grade 12, Star College) - Honourable Mention
  • Bronson Rudner (grade 10, South African College High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Tae Jun Park (grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Sanjiv Ranchod (grade 10, Westerford High School)

South Africa ranked 64th out of 101 countries.

Team Leader: Dr Dirk Basson (University of Stellenbosch)

Deputy Leader: Melissa Kistner (University of Stellenbsoch)

IMO2014 was directed by Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town), a member of the IMO Advisory Board.

IMO 2014 Final Report and guest lectures

IMO 2014 Photos


South African Team and Results - 2013

The 2013 IMO took place in July in Santa Marta, Colombia. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Lauren Denny (grade 12, Rustenburg High School for Girls) - Honourable mention
  • Nashlen Govindasamy (grade 11, Star College) - Honourable mention
  • Andrew McGregor (grade 9, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Shaylan Lalloo (grade 12, Pearson High School) - Bronze Medal
  • Bronson Rudner (grade 9, South African College High School)
  • Robin Visser (grade 11, St George's Grammar School) - Bronze Medal

South Africa ranked 58th out of 97 countries.

Team Leader: Dr Jay van Zyl (Rhodes University)

Deputy Team Leader: Dirk Basson (university of Stellenbosch)

Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended in his capacity as a member of the IMO Advisory Board and Director of IMO2014.


South African Team and Results - 2012

The 2012 IMO took place in July in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Mickey Chew (grade 12, Elkanah House) - Honourable Mention
  • Dylan Nelson (grade 12, Benoni High School) - Bronze Medal
  • Robert Spencer (grade 12, Westerford High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Junho Son (grade 12, St Alban's College) - Honourable Mention
  • Dalian Sunder (grade 12, Star College) - Bronze Medal
  • Robin Visser (grade 10, St George's Grammar School)

South Africa ranked 56th out of 100 countries.

Team Leader: Maciej Stankiewicz (University of Cape Town)

Deputy Team Leader: Dr Jay van Zyl (Rhodes University)

Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended in his capacity as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2011

The 2011 IMO took place in July in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Kira Düsterwald (grade 12, Springfield Convent High School) - Bronze Medal
  • Ashraf Moolla (grade 12, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Bronze Medal
  • Dylan Nelson (grade 11, Benoni High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Robert Spencer (grade 11, Westerford High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Dalian Sunder (grade 11, Star College)
  • Sean Wentzel (grade 12, Westerford High School) - Silver Medal

South Africa ranked 41st out of 101 countries.

Team Leader: Professor Stephan Wagner (University of Stellenbosch)
Deputy Team Leader: Dr Koos van Zyl (Rhodes University)

Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended in his capacity as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2010

The 2010 IMO took place in July in Astana, Kazakhstan. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Steve Bailey (grade 12, St David's Marist) - Honourable Mention
  • Greg Jackson (grade 12, Bishops) - Bronze Medal
  • Ashraf Moolla (grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Dylan Nelson (grade 10, Benoni High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Dessi Nikolov (grade 12, Eunice High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Sean Wentzel (grade 11, Westerford High School)- Bronze Medal

South Africa ranked 58th.

Team Leader: David Hatton (University of Cape Town)
Deputy Team Leader: Maciej Stankiewicz (University of Cape Town)

Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended in his capacity as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2009

The 2009 IMO took place in July in Bremen, Germany. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Liam Baker (grade 12, Mondale High School) - Bronze Medal
  • Francois Conradie (grade 12, Hoërskool De Kuilen) - Honourable Mention
  • Arlton Gilbert (grade 12, Star College) - Honourable Mention
  • Greg Jackson (grade 11, Bishops) - Honourable Mention
  • Henry Thackeray (grade 12, St Alban's College) - Bronze Medal
  • Sean Wentzel (grade 10, Westerford High School) - Honourable Mention

South Africa ranked 43rd.

Team Leader: David Hatton (University of Cape Town)
Deputy Team Leader: Maciej Stankiewicz (University of Cape Town)

Phil Labuschagne accompanied the team as an Observer, and Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended in his capacity as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2008

The 2008 IMO took place in July in Madrid, Spain. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Liam Baker (Grade 11, Mondale High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Francois Conradie (Grade 11, Hoërsool De Kuilen) - Honourable Mention
  • Ben-Eben de Klerk (Grade 12, Hoërskool Witteberg - Honourable Mention
  • Haroon Moolla (Grade 12, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Henry Thackeray (Grade 11, St Alban's College) - Silver Medal
  • Nicky van der Mey (Post-matric, Bishops)

South Africa ranked 44th.

Team Leader: Maciek Stankiewicz (University of Cape Town)
Deputy Team Leader: Koos van Zyl (University of Stellenbosch)
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board and was re-elected Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board for the next four years.


South African Team and Results - 2007

The 2007 IMO took place in July in Hanoi, Vietnam. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Saadiq Moolla (Grade 12, Rondebosch Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Hendrie Louis Uys (Grade 12, Northern Cape High School) - Honourable Mention
  • Francois Conradie (Grade 10, Hoërsool De Kuilen) - Honourable Mention
  • Henry Thackeray (Grade 10, St Alban's College) - Honourable Mention
  • Kylie Fenner (Grade 12, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard)
  • Nicky van der Mey (Grade 12, St Dominic's College)

South Africa ranked 68th.

Team Leader: David Hatton (University of Cape Town)
Deputy Leader: Koos van Zyl (University of Stellenbosch)
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2006

The 2006 IMO took place in July in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Charles Bradshaw (Grade 12, Rondebosch Boys' High School)
  • Dirk B Coetzee (Grade 12, Stellenbosch High School)
  • Ralf Kistner (Grade 12, Paul Roos Gimnasium)
  • Saadiq Moolla (Grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School)
  • Henry Thackeray (Grade 9, St Alban's College)
  • Hendrie Uys (Grade 11, Northern Cape High School)

South Africa ranked 62nd with 5 Honourable Mentions.

Team Leader: Professor Dirk Laurie, University of Stellenbosch
Deputy Team Leader: David Hatton, University of Cape Town
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2005

The 2005 IMO took place in July in Merida, Mexico. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Charles Bradshaw (Grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School)
  • Dario Fanucchi (Grade 12, Wordsworth High School)
  • Ralf Kistner (Grade 11, Paul Roos Gimnasium) - Honourable Mention
  • Dirk Oosthuizen (Grade 12, Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool) - Honourable Mention
  • Gayle Sher (Grade 12, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard)
  • Hendrie Uys (Grade 10, Northern Cape High School) - Honourable Mention

South Africa ranked 62nd.

Team Leader: Professor Nic Heideman, Rhodes University
Deputy Team Leader: David Hatton, University of Cape Town
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.


South African Team and Results - 2004

The 2004 IMO took place in July in Athens, Greece. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Tamara von Glehn (Grade 12, St Stithian's Girls College) - SILVER MEDAL
  • Dirk Basson (Grade 12, HS Diamantveld) - SILVER MEDAL
  • Jon Smit (Grade 12, Grey College Bloemfontein) - SILVER MEDAL
  • Ingrid von Glehn (Grade 12, St Stithian's Girls College) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Gerhard du Toit (Grade 12, Paarl Boys' High) - Honourable Mention
  • Gayle Sher (Grade 11, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard)

South Africa ranked 33rd.

This was the best medal tally of any South African team since we first took part in 1992. Girls are under-represented at the IMO, but South Africa was one of only two countries with three girls in its team of six. Tamara von Glehn, who turned in the best performance for South Africa, ranked fourth in the world among the female contestants.

Team Leader: Professor Nic Heideman, Rhodes University
Deputy Team Leader: David Hatton, University of Cape Town
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board and was re-elected Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board for the next four years.


South African Team and Results - 2003

The 2003 IMO took place in July in Tokyo, Japan. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Dirk Basson (Grade 11, HS Diamantveld) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Ingrid von Glehn (Grade 11, St Stithian's Girls College) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Tamara von Glehn (Grade 11, St Stithian's Girls College) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Yao-hung Ou (Grade 12, St Joseph's CBC)
  • Gerhard du Toit (Grade 11, Paarl Boys' High)
  • Jon Smit (Grade 11, Grey College Bloemfontein)

South Africa ranked 38th out of 82 countries.

Team Leader: Professor Nic Heideman, Rhodes University
Deputy Team Leader: David Hatton, University of Cape Town
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board and was nominated unopposed for another 4-year term of office.

The top ten positions: 1 Bulgaria (disp), 2 China, 3 USA, 4 Vietnam, 5 Russia, 6 Korea, 7 Romania, 8 Taiwan, 9 Turkey, 10 UK and Hungary (tied).


South African Team and Results - 2002

The 2002 IMO took place in July in Glasgow, Scotland. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Dirk Basson (Grade 10, HS Diamantveld) - SILVER MEDAL
  • Harry Wiggins (Grade 12, Worcester Gimnasium) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Shen Tian (Grade 12, St David's Marist College) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Ingrid von Glehn (Grade 10, St Stithian's Girls College) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Theo Mokgatlhe (Grade 12, St Dominic's College)
  • Tamara von Glehn (Grade 10, St Stithian's Girls College)

South Africa ranked 32nd out of 84 countries.

The top ten positions: 1 China (212 marks out of 252), 2 Russia (204), 3 USA (171), 4 Bulgaria (167), 5 Vietnam (166), 6 Korea (163), 7 Taiwan (161), 8 Romania (157), 9 India (156), 10 Germany (144)


South African Team and Results - 2001

The 2001 IMO took place in July in Washington DC, USA. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Pieter Mostert (Grade 12, Hudson Park HS) - SILVER MEDAL, 20 points
  • Jacques Conradie (Grade 12, HS De Kuilen) - BRONZE MEDAL, 15 points
  • Harry Wiggins (Grade 11, Worcester Gimnasium) - BRONZE MEDAL, 15 points
  • Dirk Basson (Grade 9, HS Diamantveld) - BRONZE MEDAL, 14 points
  • Shaun Hu (Grade 12, Edenglen HS) - 6 points
  • Shen Tian (Grade 11, St David's Marist College) - 5 points

South Africa ranked 36th out of 83 countries.

This was the tenth year of South Africa's participation in the IMO. In this time South Africa has won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 19 Bronze Medals, with 10 Honourable Mentions.

Team Leader: Professor Nic Heideman, Rhodes University
Deputy Team Leader: Professor Dirk Laurie, Stellenbosch University
Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) attended the IMO as Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.

The top three positions: 1 China, 2 USA and Russia (tied)


South African team and results - 2000

The 2000 IMO took place in July in Taejon, Korea. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Bruce Merry (Grade 12, Westerford High School) - BRONZE MEDAL, 18 points
  • Jacques Conradie (Grade 11, HS De Kuilen) - BRONZE MEDAL, 16 points
  • Tiaan Towsen (Grade 12, Brackenfell High School) - BRONZE MEDAL, 14 points
  • Koos van Zyl (Grade 12, HS Overkruin) - BRONZE MEDAL, 14 points
  • Shen Tian (Grade 10, St David's Marist College) - 10 points
  • Pieter Mostert (Grade 11, Hudson Park HS) - Honourable Mention, 9 points

The cutoff for Bronze was 11, Silver 21, and Gold 30.

South Africa ranked 27th out of 81 countries, with a total score of 81 marks. This is our best performance ever, and the tally of four medals is also our best ever.

The team leader was Professor Nic Heideman (Rhodes University) and the Deputy Team Leader was Professor Dirk Laurie (Potchefstroom University).

At the IMO Professor John Webb (University of Cape Town) was elected to the position of Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board, a position he will hold for four years.

The top ten positions: 1 China (218 marks out of 252), 2 Russia (215), 3 USA (184), 4 Korea (172), 5 Bulgaria (169), 6 Vietnam (169), 7 Belarus (165), 8 Taiwan (164), 9 Hungary (156), 10 Iran (155)


South African team and results - 1999

The 1999 IMO took place in July in Bucharest, Romania. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Bruce Merry (Grade 11, Westerford High School) - SILVER MEDAL
  • Neil Olver (Grade 12, Bergvliet High School) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • Jacques Conradie (Grade 10, HS De Kuilen)
  • Tiaan Towsen (Grade 11, Brackenfell High School)
  • Maciej Stankiewicz (Grade 12, Milner High School)
  • Bradley Preston (Grade 12, Stirling High School)

Koos van Zyl (HS Overkruin) was team reserve.

South Africa ranked 27th out of 81 countries, with a total score of 77 points.

The team leader was Nic Heideman (Rhodes University) and the Deputy Team Leader was Dirk Laurie (Potchefstroom University).

The top ten positions: 1 Russia (182 points out of 252), China (182), 3 Vietnam (177), 4 Romania (173), 5 Bulgaria (170), 6 Belarus (167), 7 Korea (164), 8 Iran (159), 9 Taiwan (153), 10 USA (150)


South African team and results - 1998

The 1998 IMO took place from 10-21 July in Taipei, Taiwan. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Bruce Merry (Std 8, Westerford High School) - SILVER MEDAL, 28 points
  • Rainer Hoft (Std 10, Groote Schuur High School) - BRONZE MEDAL, 21 points
  • Tiaan Towsen (Std 8, Brackenfell High School) - BRONZE MEDAL, 16 points
  • Daniel Wright (Std 10, St David's Marist College) - Honourable Mention, 13 points
  • Maciej Stankiewicz (Std 9, Milner High School) - Honourable Mention, 11 points
  • David Mee (Std 10, Wynberg Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention, 9 points

The cutoff for Bronze was 14, Silver 24, and Gold 31.

South Africa ranked 28th with a total score of 98.

The team leader was John Webb (University of Cape Town), the Deputy Team Leader was Nic Heideman (Rhodes University), and Dirk Laurie attended as an observer.

The top ten positions: 1 Iran, 2 Bulgaria, 3 USA, 4 Hungary, 5 Taiwan, 6 Russia, 7 Ukraine, 8 Vietnam, 9 Yugoslavia, 10 Romania


South African team and results - 1997

The 1997 IMO took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 18-31 July. The South African IMO team and results were as follows:

  • Bruce Merry (Std 7, Westerford High School) - GOLD MEDAL, 35 points
  • Daniel Wright (Std 9, St David's Marist College) - BRONZE MEDAL, 19 points
  • Amanda Turner (Std 10, Kingsmead College) - BRONZE MEDAL, 17 points
  • David Mee (Std 9, Wynberg Boys' High School) - Honourable Mention, 9 points
  • Rainer Hoft (Std 9, Groote Schuur High School) - 9 points
  • Maciej Stankiewicz (Std 8, Milner High School) - 4 points

Tiaan Towsen (Std 7, Brackenfell High School) was team reserve.

Bruce Merry is the first South African and only the second African to win a Gold Medal at the IMO.

The team leader was Nic Heideman (Rhodes University) and the Deputy Team Leader was Graeme West (Wits).

South Africa ranked 38th out of 83 countries.

The top ten positions: 1 China, 2 Hungary, 3 Iran, 4 USA, 5 Russia, 6 Ukraine, 7 Bulgaria, 8 Romania, 9 Australia, 10 Vietnam


South African team and results - 1996

The 37th International Mathematical Olympiad took place in July 1996 in Mumbai (Bombay), India.The results for the South African team were as follows:

  • Tim Lawrance (Hilton College) - BRONZE MEDAL, 14 points
  • David Hatton (Welkom HS) - BRONZE MEDAL, 13 points
  • Ernest Lötter (Höerskool Brackenfell)
  • Bruce Merry (Westerford HS)
  • Amanda Turner (Kingsmead College)
  • Jan van Zyl Smit (Diocesan College)

South Africa was placed 43rd, with 50 points.


South African team and results - 1995

The 36th International Mathematical Olympiad took place in Toronto, Canada, in July 1995. The results for the South African team were as follows:

  • Mark Berman (Diocesan College) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • David Fraser (Westerford HS) - BRONZE MEDAL
  • David Hatton (Welkom HS) - Honourable Mention
  • Elitca Mitova (Durban GHS) - Honourable Mention
  • Andrew Skeen (St John's College) - Honourable Mention
  • Jan van Zyl Smit (Diocesan College) - Honourable Mention

Tim Lawrance (Hilton College) was team reserve.

South Africa was placed 41st out of 75 countries, with 95 points.


South African team and results - 1994

The 35th International Mathematical Olympiad took place in Hong Kong in July 1994. The results for the South African team were as follows:

  • Mark Berman (Diocesan College) - BRONZE MEDAL, 29 points
  • Hilton Lange (Pretoria Boys' HS) - BRONZE MEDAL, 23 points
  • David Fraser (Westerford HS) - BRONZE MEDAL, 20 points
  • Glenton Jelbert (Westville BHS) - Honourable Mention, 18 points
  • Richard Schneider (Westerford HS) - 17 points
  • Andrew Skeen (St John's College) - 13 points

Elitca Mitova (Durban GHS) was team reserve.

South Africa was placed 27th.


South African team and results - 1993

The 34th International Mathematical Olympiad took place in Istanbul, Turkey, in July 1993. The South African team was as follows:

  • Ryan Benjamin (St Thomas SSS)
  • Mark Berman (Diocesan College)
  • Rocco Duvenhage (HS Verwoerdburg)
  • Hilton Lange (Pretoria BHS)
  • Richard Schneider (Westerford HS)
  • Brian Shand (Diocesan College)

South Africa was placed 57th out of 73 countries with a total of 30 points.


South African team and results - 1992

The 33rd International Mathematical Olympiad took place in Moscow, Russia, in July 1992. South African entered the IMO for the first time. The South African team was as follows:

  • James Chalmers (Pretoria BHS)
  • Andrew Cruise (Diocesan College)
  • Brian Kipps (Rondebosch BHS)
  • Kavilan Moodley (Verulam HS)
  • Adam Paster (South African College HS)
  • Brian Shand (Diocesan College