From July 11 to July 21, the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was held in the small university town of Bath. First, about the results of Ukrainians and not only them, which everyone can find on the official website of the IMO: https://www.imo-official.org/ You can also find other statistics there, if you want to get acquainted with it.
The overall 11th place (obviously, in the distribution of awards we showed the best result for Hungary) is perhaps not impressive compared to last year's 4th place, but is a very, very good achievement. For several years in a row, we have been proud of our participants for their stable results of 1-2 and 4-5 tasks. This stability is the key to team success and high place. Thank you to all our Olympians. Nevertheless, it should be noted that in general, almost every one of our participants could show a slightly better result, because the text was just as if it were configured for our team. But the excitement and totally inadequate coordination on some tasks slightly distorted the true results. Although, it should be noted that many other countries were treated equally harshly by coordinators. This was surprising compared to previous years, where coordinators at least tried to heed alternative solutions and promotions. But you can't do anything now. It is necessary to learn to write complete solutions and not to lose points on trifles.
In the personal standings, our participants won 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medal. It is a good tradition that none of our participants failed, except that we expected a slightly higher number of points from Oles and Fedor. But in general, we are very pleased with the final result. We give points to all our participants from the same official site.
To other achievements of our team. It should be noted that only 1 out of 6 ukrainian tasks that we sent got into the shortlist. At the same time, she was not only shortlisted, as often happened before, but also got into the text of the Olympiad. This happened for the 4th or 5th time in all time. Congratulations to the author of the problem Anton Trigub and the entire Ukrainian mathematical community with this achievement.
And in conclusion about the impressions of the Olympiad – they are generally super negative. More uselessly organized Olympiads over the past 10 years can not be recalled. Sheer incompetence and no desire to improve something. The continuous expectation of something, the buses (up to 5-6 hours), the opening (1.5-2 hours), the queues for food, etc. As the Ukrainian said that he has been living there for a long time – the national features of the British – there is nothing to complain about and with pleasure to stand in queues… In more detail, I think we will still share our impressions in the following publications on the site and not only dedicated to IMO.
Similarly, once again, the shortlisted commission turned out to be completely incompetent. To our next outrage (many leaders of countries support this opinion and it is common), IMO leaders began to come up with something about changes to this approach. We will see what changes will be proposed, because the use of the current shortlist for its intended purpose becomes very difficult.
And in conclusion, I really wanted to thank all those who prepared children for these victories, their teachers and heads of clubs, all relatives and just caring people who cheered. All thanks and requests to continue working with their students.
Personally, I would like to thank the heads of the Ministry of Health for the proper organization of our participants' trip to IMO-2019. And personally the head of the team Andriy Pankov, who made our team's stay at the Olympiad quite diverse. Our wonderful guide Alexey Melnyk, who once studied at PNL No. 145 and is now an Oxford student, helped him a lot. This is not the only plus from the team of Ukraine to the organizers of the Olympiad.
And of course, everyone is very grateful to the team of observers from Ukraine – Andriy Anikushyn, Yulia Kravchenko and Arseniy Nikolaev. They and when communicating with colleagues, coordinators, organizers and participants of the Olympiad showed themselves to the best, increased the respect and authority of Ukraine in the mathematical world. They also selflessly fought for every ball of our participant. I note that for the 3rd task of those 3 points for Yudin, we received the last at the Olympiad, after 5 or 6 sessions of disputes and arguing with the coordinators, when almost the entire commission gathered around. If they set as planned 2 points, and our observers defended a higher score, then you can see for yourself what changes could happen in the final results of the Olympiad.
GLORY TO UKRAINE!