News: Bulletin 2 from Adrian (23:36 BST, 15 July 2004)
Well everything is now known. The UK points totals were as
Giles Coope 23 bronze
David Fidler 24 silver
Paul Jefferys 32 gold
Martin Orr 22 bronze
Alexander Shannon 16 bronze
Anne Marie Shepherd 17 bronze
These marks were fair. I think some of our students might have done
a little better on another day, but getting 6 medals is great. We got
full marks on q.4, and solid totals on q.1 and q.2, but rather little
The cutoffs were 16, 24 and 32. We came 19th. The top four teams in
order were China, USA, Russia and Vietnam. Four students got 42s.
I shall provide more complete data (as requested by Joseph)
tomorrow morning on our performance and on the IMO scores in
general. I just need to find Gordon Lessells...
Many of you have emailed me interesting comments about the
papers—sorry I haven’t had the chance to reply to you
individually. I think the consensus around here is that the papers
were pretty good. Question 3 was found relatively difficult (< 10
solvers, I think), and q.6 relatively straightforward. I suspect when
the data is analysed that q.5 will be found to be a rather difficult
one for that position on the paper.
The IMO experience as a whole has been excellent, though a somewhat
improvisatory sense of organization has prevailed at times.
Best wishes to one and all,
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