The 51st International Mathematical Olympiad took place in Astana on July 2-14, 2010. The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the most prestigious and grandiose annual competition among school students. It is also the oldest one among the international scientific Olympiads – the first IMO was held in Romania in 1959. Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic and the USSR were invited to take part in the Olympiad. In the following years the number of participating countries increased. Thus at present nearly all large countries of the world take part in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
At the moment the IMO database contains information about 12267 contestants from more than 100 states.
The decision on holding of the 51st IMO in a young independent Central Asian state proves that Kazakhstan is serious about encouragement of young talents. By the Decree of our President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Republican Scientific-Practical Center “Daryn” under the Ministry of Education and Science has been working in Kazakhstan since 1998. It is the only brand new scientific educational institution for gifted children on the post-soviet space.
Summer 2010 Astana gathered young talented mathematicians from the CIS member states as well as more than 1500 best Olympians from all over the world.
According to the results of the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad China has got the first place, Russia – second, the Unites States -third, South Korea – fourth, Kazakhstan – fifth.
Three school students from Kazakhstan won gold medals. They are Kanat Satylkahnov, Nursultan Khadzhimuratov and Denis Ovchinnikov.
Rauan Rakhmet and Medet Zhanbolatuly are silver medal winners. Azamat Duissenbayev received a certificate.