Israel Clinches Mathematics Olympiad With 18-Rank Leap

Team Comes in 13th in the World

Calculators Ready: The Israeli team departing for the 2013 International Mathematics Olympiad in Colombia.
Haaretz
Calculators Ready: The Israeli team departing for the 2013 International Mathematics Olympiad in Colombia.

By Haaretz

Published July 28, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Israel achieved an unprecedented advance in the International Mathematical Olympiad on Saturday, rising from 53rd place three years ago to 13th in the world.

In the competition in Colombia, the Israeli team won six medals - one gold, three silver and two bronze - capping a leap of 18 places since last year.

The gold-medal winner, 16-year-old Omri Nisan Solan from Herzliya, came in fifth place worldwide out of the 600 contestants who took part in the Olympiad, which included contestants from 103 countries.

Other medalists are Amotz Oppenheim, an 11th-grader at Shevah Mofet High School in Ramat Gan, as well as Tom Kalvari, a 12th-grader at Hakfar Hayarok High School in Ramat Hasharon, and Nitzan Tur, a 11th-grader at Alliance High School in Haifa, who won silver medals. The winners of the bronze medal were Yoav Kraus, a 12th-grader at Efraim Katzir High School in Holon, and Ofer Grossman, an Israeli citizen who recently moved to the United States.

Education Minister Shay Piron congratulated the team. “This is an occasion for national pride,” he said in a statement. “The students who represented Israel in the Olympiads in the sciences, who brought this amazing accomplishment to the State of Israel, are one of the keys to our existence here. I see this victory as a matter of great national importance. We will continue investing in our young people and encouraging them to desire excellence, dream of it, and strive for it to make our achievements in the future even greater.”

Read more at Haaretz.com


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Israelis are taking up the #IceBucketChallenge — with hummus.
  • In WWI, Jews fought for Britain. So why were they treated as outsiders?
  • According to a new poll, 75% of Israeli Jews oppose intermarriage.
  • Will Lubavitcher Rabbi Moshe Wiener be the next Met Council CEO?
  • Angelina Jolie changed everything — but not just for the better:
  • Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
  • Move over Dr. Ruth — there’s a (not-so) new sassy Jewish sex-therapist in town. Her name is Shirley Zussman — and just turned 100 years old.
  • From kosher wine to Ecstasy, presenting some of our best bootlegs:
  • Sara Kramer is not the first New Yorker to feel the alluring pull of the West Coast — but she might be the first heading there with Turkish Urfa pepper and za’atar in her suitcase.
  • About 1 in 40 American Jews will get pancreatic cancer (Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the few survivors).
  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
  • Wanted: Met Council CEO.
  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
  • How about a side of Hitler with your spaghetti?
  • Why "Be fruitful and multiply" isn't as simple as it seems:
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.