Gold for maths Olympics

Upper Sixth leaver Yuhka Machino is the world’s best female mathematician after gaining gold in the International Mathematics Olympiad, for a second year in a row.   

The IMO is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for school students and is held annually.  Due to travel restrictions, it was held remotely this year, but still involved over 600 competitors from over 100 countries.  The competition consists of two 4.5-hour papers, these were sat on Monday 19 July and Tuesday 20 July, each consisting of three problems. Problem 1 from this year's competition is below:

Double gold medallist Yuhka, who is Japanese, was one of two girls selected for the mixed six strong UK IMO team, making it the first time since 1992 that two girls have been part of the team.  Both girls secured medals for the team; overall team results were two golds, three silvers and one honourable mention putting the UK in 9th place overall. Yuhka achieved the joint top score in the UK team. 

UKMT Director Hannah Telfer said, ‘Congratulations to all the UK team on their performance at this challenging IMO, and to Samuel and Yuka for their gold medals! For the UK once again to finish in the top ten is a fantastic achievement. We thank all those involved, from the teachers supporting our work in schools, to the mathematicians who volunteer to run the academic preparation for IMO and our sponsors XTX Markets for inspiring the country’s most enthusiastic young problem-solvers.”

Yuhka has also won three gold medals at the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad during her time at Millfield.  She recently represented Japan in an international Informatics (Coding) competition, getting a silver medal in her first attempt in this discipline. Yuhka originally joined Millfield in Year 7 on a swimming scholarship and developed into an outstanding mathematician after discovering the challenge and intrigue of Olympiad problems.

Millfield Maths department support a large number of students to take part in Mathematical Olympiad competitions. The problems in these competitions encourage creative problem solving and give able students the opportunity to push themselves beyond the boundaries of the normal school curriculum.

Head of Maths Ceri Fiddes said "Yuhka is an incredible role model and shows just what can be achieved when talent and passion is combined with an astonishing work ethic and focussed determination.  To be the best female competitor in the world for the second-year running is an outstanding achievement.”

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