Team Ireland come close at IOI 2013
Team Ireland came close to winning a bronze medal at the 2013 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) competition this year, held at the beautiful University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Richard Tynan, a member of the 2012 team, returned this year determined to score as many points as possible in informatics problems. School-going contestants from 81 countries around the world had to solve six tasks over two days with each task scoring a maximum of 100 points for a perfectly optismised solution.
Richard had a good second day at the competition scoring 132 points in three problems, almost as much as the great Johnny Ho (IOI2012 1st place) did on the second day with his 164 points.
However, technical difficulties with the scoring system during the first day of competition hampered a lot of the contestants, with Richard feeling he could have scored more points if the submission system hadn't been as slow.
Fortunately for Richard this isn't is last year to qualifiy for the IOI, so we may see him come back next year older and wiser and eager to better his points tally.
Team Ireland's other member Maciej Goszczycki conversely had a better first day of competition than the second, scoring an almost perfect 93 for interesting ArtClass task putting him joint 20th out of 296 students for that problem. Well done Maciej!
The week wasn't all about informatics with the contestants enjoying the late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo with its famous Crocoseum show and the opportunity to get up-close and personal with their majestic Sumatran and Bengal tigers in the Tiger Temple. Richard also took the opportunity to learn one of Australia's other national sports, surfing, at an excursion to Queensland's famous Sunshine Coast.
The week finished with the traditional Closing Ceremony which incorporates the medal presentations and the ceremonial handing over of the IOI flag to the IOI2014 hosts, Taiwan, who picked up a Gold and two Bronze medals at this year's competition. However the big winners this year were the main Chinese team who came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall with their fourth team member finishing a 'disappointing' 11th. But 4 Gold Medals all the same, a feat that was unmatched by any other country.
Team Ireland next year??
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