Taiwan wins 1 gold, 3 silvers at International Biology Olympiad

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Taipei, July 21 (CNA) Taiwan has won one gold medal and three silvers at the just-concluded International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Bern, Switzerland, the Ministry of Education said Sunday. Lin Pin-cheng from National Taichung First Senior High School was the only gold medal winner of Taiwan's four-member team.
The team's other three members -- Hsu Chia-an from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Chang Meng-sung from Tainan First Senior High School and Lin Sin-ying from National Hualien Girls' Senior High School -- all won silver medals. The Taiwanese team had the seventh highest score among 62 countries represented at the July 14-20 competition, four notches down from last year when Taiwan ranked third, the ministry said. The United States team had the highest score, followed by contingents from Singapore, Germany, Thailand and Russia. South Korea finished one spot ahead of Taiwan in sixth, while Japan and China followed Taiwan in eighth and ninth places, respectively. Taiwan also won fewer golds this year than in the recent past. It won three golds in 2012, four in 2011, 2010 and 2008, and two in 2009, according to the IBO website. The annual competition for secondary school students, aged between 14 and 19, challenges students with practical and theoretical exams on primarily molecular and medical biology. Taiwan has been participating in the international biology contest since 1999 and hosted the 22nd IBO in 2011.
(By Hsu Chih-wei and Scully Hsiao)