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Four Taiwanese students win gold medals in Biology Olympiad

Four Taiwanese students win gold medals in Biology Olympiad

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) All four Taiwanese students who competed in the 21st International Biology Olympiad in Changwon, South Korea won gold medals Saturday. In terms of its medal tally, Taiwan ranked the third internationally, next only to the United States and China in the competition, which attracted 233 students from 60 countries.
But Taiwan is the only country that has all participants winning gold medals.
The four Taiwanese students are Tseng Teh-wei and Huang chin-wen of National Hualien Senior High School, Huang Chao-wei of National Taichung First Senior High School, and Chen Teh-hung of National Chiayi Senior High School.
Professor Yang Yuen-po of National Sun Yat-sen University who was in charge of a training program for the four, said the students emerged from nearly 6,400 students in the preliminary competition to represent Taiwan. The four are all in their second year in schools. Among them, Tseng and Huang Chin-wen have shown keen interests in biology and physiology since they were young. Huang Chao-wei excels in both natural and social sciences, and is also interested in creative writing and writing songs. Chen said his interests in biology was inspired by a program for senior high school students sponsored by Academia Sinica, Taiwan's highest research institute, in his first year in school.
Taiwan has performed well since taking part in the Internatinoal Biology Olympiad in 1999 for the first time. It has collected 30 golds, 15 silvers, and three bronzes so far.
A total of 25 gold medals, 46 silver medals and 70 bronze medals were awarded to winners at this year's event.
(By Lee Hsien-fong and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-04-22 03:58 GMT+08:00