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Taiwan finishes 3rd place at '14 Int'l Math Olympiad

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan students won four gold and two bronze medals at the 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Cape Town, South Africa, placing third overall, the Ministry of Education said Saturday.

It was Taiwan's best performance in 22 years at the annual mathematics competition for high school students, the ministry said.

In the individual category, Wu Po-sheng of Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School tied for first with a Chinese and an Australian student, recording a perfect score, the ministry said.

Wu's interest in mathematics became evident in kindergarten, when he would ask his teachers to quiz him in arithmetic, according to his mother Chi Hsiang-ting.

The Taiwanese team comprised six students selected and trained by a group of more than 10 teachers, including Fuh Cheng-der, a professor at National Central University's Graduate Institute of Statistics.

The IMO, a problem-solving contest for high school students, is usually held in a different country each year in July. This year, 103 countries are participating in the July 3- 13 competition.

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