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30 July 2020, 18:31

Five medals for Belarus at Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad

MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – Belarus has claimed five medals at the 54th International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad, BelTA learned from the press service of the Education Ministry.

The graduates of BSU Lyceum have bagged three medals. Anastasia Shalyapina won gold, Egor Vasilevsky - silver and Matvei Kislyuk – bronze. Matvei Novoselov, a graduate of Gymnasium No.10 of Molodechno, and Andrei Krisanov, a graduate of Gymnasium No.1 of Vitebsk, picked up silver medals.

This year the Olympiad was held online. Due to this format, young chemists were offered only two theoretical rounds involving inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, and life science. Previously, the competition involved practical tasks.

Taking part in the competitions were 130 students from 27 countries. A total of 39 bronze, 26 silver and 13 gold medals were awarded. The event was won by Ilya Chaika, an eleventh-grader from Magnitogorsk, Russia. He received the Valery Lunin Award instituted in 2020. In 2021, the competition will take place in Budapest, Hungary.

The International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad is an annual event and is the successor of the All-Union Chemistry Olympiad. The Olympiad was named after great Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev. Students from the CIS and Baltic countries were joined at the Mendeleev Olympiad by teams from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania in 2004, by Hungary, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in 2012. Israel, Mongolia and Nigeria debuted in the event in 2016. In 2019, Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Iran, Iraq, Slovakia and Syria joined the competition. The Olympiad's organizing committee and methodical commission include professors and teachers from leading universities, as well as teachers of chemistry from general education schools of the participating countries.

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