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UK team win 2 silver medals in Astronomy Olympiad

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:41
Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:37

Three year 13 pupils from the UK have won silver medals in the 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. William McCorkindale and Bob Cliffe won silver medals, and together with Riswaan Mohammed were the first UK team to enter the competition, which ran from 26 July to 4 August in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

UK Team 1 smallThe UK team for the 9th Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. From left to right, Charles Barclay, William McCorkindale, Bob Cliffe, Rizwaan Mohammed and Sandor Kruk. Credit: C. Barclay. Click for a full size imageTheir performance put the UK 9th in the medal table out of 41 countries. The top three countries in the three rounds of the competition on Observation, Theory and Data Analysis, were Iran, India and Indonesia.

The team were led by Charles Barclay of Marlborough College and Sandor Kruk of the University of Oxford.

RAS President Professor Martin Barstow commented "William, Bob and Riswaan have achieved a tremendous result. To be the first British team to go to the Olympiad and to come home with silver medals is quite something. My congratulations to them and to Charlie and Sandor for showing just how good UK students can be on the world stage."