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UK students bring home gold from Astronomy Olympiad

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:53
Published on Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:35

Marlborough College Olympiad team smallerThe winning team from Marlborough College. Left to right: Chris Underhill, Alan Sun, Thomas Read, Michael Smith, Mavis Chan. Credit: S. Kruk. Click for a full size image.Five UK school students brought back medals from last month's International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Led by Sandor Kruk (University of Oxford) and Charles Barclay (Marlborough College), the pupils travelled to Bhubaneswar, India, to compete alongside teams of school students from 40 other countries.

In a tough field, all five team members won awards. The team brought home one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal, and two team members received honourable mentions. This performance saw the UK placed sixth behind the Russian Federation, India, Iran, China and the USA. Thomas Read, the UK student who won the gold medal, was ranked 10th overall out of 200 participants.

The other contestants in the team were Michael Smith (who won silver), Alan Sun (bronze), Chris Underhill and Mavis Chan. Robin Hughes (Chairman of the British Physics Olympiad) acted as an observer.