Mexico Takes Home Gold At Int'l Math Olympiad For The Fourth Year In A Row
For the fourth year running, Mexico shines at the International Mathematics Olympiad
Eighteen-year-old Tomás Cantú Rodríguez earned himself a gold medal, while Ana Paula Jimenez made history as the first Mexicana to ever participate and medal at the IMO two years running.
Mexico's team of young mathematicians made headlines last year when Guillermo del Toro offered to pay for their air travel to compete in the 60th International Math Olympiad. Then they made headlines again with a slew of medals.
This year is no different.
Eighteen-year-old high school senior Tomás Cantú Rodríguez of Mexico City took home a gold medal, while his teammates, Omar Astudillo of Guerrero, Ana Paula Jiménez of Mexico City, Emilio Ramos of Sinaloa, and Daniel Ochoa all took home bronze medals.
Tomas says he drills math every day after school. "It's fun, but it's hard work...it's not just a hobby."
Ana Paula in particular made history with her bronze. The high-school-junior, who also took home a bronze medal last year, is the only Mexican woman to ever compete in the IMO two years in a row and medal both times.
¡Muchas felicidades! Ana Paula Jiménez originaria de la CDMX, hace historia al ser la primera mexicana al ganar en dos ocasiones las Olimpiadas Internacionales de Matemáticas ????????????https://t.co/bpeTMsV118— @diario24horas (@diario24horas) September 29, 2020
In the face of many negative about Mexico, the nation's STEM students continue to distinguish themselves, demonstrating the talent and potential that exists within the Mexican population.
¡Si se puede!