Iranian students win 1 gold, 3 silver medals at int’l chemistry contest

Kuala Lumpur, July 30, IRNA – Iranian chemistry Olympiad team won one gold and three silver medals at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad, held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 20-29.

The Iranian team, comprising four 12th graders, won the medals in the IChO 2014, which was joined by 291 contestants from 77 countries and territories.

The gold medalist for Iran was Hirbod Heidari, who won 77.41 scores, while the silver medalists were Iman Foroughmand, scoring 69.24, Mohammad Parsa Jabbari, scoring 57.02, and Mohammad Mobin Hosseini, scoring 57.02.

The host country, Vietnam, won two gold and two silver medals at the 46th International Olympiad.

Other 28 gold medalists came from Romania, the US, mainland China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Iran, Japan, Taiwan, Ukraine and Singapore.

The contest gave 63 silver and 92 bronze, besides ten consolation prizes.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung who attended the closing ceremony said chemistry is an important pillar of basic science and chemical researches will continue to be cared for and pushed by any country.

“Vietnam government always pay attention to develop scientific, including chemistry, talents. The contest is a good environment for [the budding talents] to learn from each other and share their passion or chemistry,” he said.

“I believe many students from this contest will become excellent scientists, leaders and successful managers who will contribute largely to their countries’ prosperity.”

The contest started in 1968, is open to high school students below 20 and held in turn by the participating countries.

Next year edition will return to its 1999 host Azerbaijan.