The IMO is the oldest contest of the International Science Olympiads and it is dedicated to pre-college students. This unique event brings the brightest young minds together from around the world to enjoy the company of like-minded students. The Olympiad consists of two exams, each lasting for 4.5 hours and three difficult problems to solve. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959 and the event is annually organized ever since.
In the early 1960s, Hungary was in a leading in individual contests, while Romania and the Soviet Union were stronger in team competitions. In the ’80s and ’90s, Hungarians lost their world-leading ranking, but we retained consistently the second place. When China and the US won the competitions in 2002 and 2006, Hungary dropped out from the forefront, but our mathematicians are still fourth after China, the US and Russia.
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