Thai primary school "mathletes" have claimed nine gold, eight silver and three bronze medals at the Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest 2014 in Hong Kong.
The seven-day event finished yesterday and involved 44 teams from 16 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa, United States, Indonesia, India and China.
The four Thai teams, each comprising four students, were scheduled to return to Thailand this afternoon, said Office of Basic Education Commission chief Kamol Rodklai.
In the team category, Bangkok C won a gold medal and a silver medal, Bangkok A and Bangkok B won two silver medals while Nakhon Pathom’s Anubal Suteetorn School received a consolation medal. Individually, Thai students won 16 medals.
The eight gold medallists were won by Paphol Lapet of Kanchanaburi’s Daruna Kanjanaburi School, Natdanai Thampenjit of Loei’s Muangloei School, Krittin Preechachaisurat of Bangkok’s Kasetsart University Laboratory School and Nonthicha Wongkum of Nakhon Ratchasima’s Anuban Nakhon Ratchasima School.
The other gold medals were won by Natanon Terdpraisand of Buri Ram’s Marie Anusorn School, Nirawit Aryapipatanakul of Bangkok’s Bangkok Christian College and Suwalak Tunchan-ekkul and Patrapong Angkulsupaku of Nakhon Pathom’s Anubal Suteetorn School.
The five silver medallists were won by Touchapol Jiraratnasopa of Yala’s Anuban Yala School, Teeratus Ularapanichkul of Nakhon Ratchasima’s Anuban Nakhon Ratchasima School, Prach Devanaruemitkul of Chachoengsao’s Wat Donthong School, Jakrin Hongfongfah of Songkhla’s Saengthong Witthaya School and Kongpob Limratanapan of Anubal Suteetorn School.
The winners of bronze were Pichayut Saengrungkongka of Bangkok’s Bangkok Christian College, Phuwadit Leungprapand of Bangkok’s Assumption College Primary Section and Yosapong Pornboonserm of Nakhon Pathom’s Anubal Suteetorn School.
Thai students performed traditional Thai games such as catching the last one in line, banana rib hobbyhorse riding, snatching a snake baby from the mother snake, rope skipping and hiding a cloth behind one’s back. “Their performance won them the best cultural performance and was a big hit among the participating teachers and students,” Kamol added.