Taiwanese math prodigy champion of 2019 Japan Intl. Mental Arithmetic competition

Third-grader from Kaohsiung defeated 23 other contestants in her division

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Ting Hsieh-he (Photo courtesy of Ting Shih-de)

Ting Hsieh-he (Photo courtesy of Ting Shih-de)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –- At the 2019 Japan International Mental Arithmetic and Mathematical Competition held on Sunday (July 28), a third-grade Taiwanese student defeated 23 other math whizzes from around the world to capture victory in her age group.

The six-year-old Ting Hsieh-he (丁協和) from Kaohsiung’s Fudong Elementary School (福東國小) successfully completed 47 questions out of 50 in less than two minutes using only her memory and knack for mathematics. Representatives from Taiwan’s Economic and Cultural Office in Japan were at the event to congratulate Ting on her victory.

The event, which has taken place each year since 1997, was held in Kyoto, Japan, at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Representing Taiwan, Ting was up against some of the best young math prodigies from countries including Japan, Great Britain, South Korea, Hong Kong, the U.S.A, and China.

The girl’s father, Ting Shih-de (丁世德), said that she is a model student and has displayed a strong interest in mathematics from a very young age, reports the Liberty Times. Last year, as a second-grader, Ting was also the champion of the 2018 Malaysia Pacific Cup Mental Arithmetic Competition, reports People News.