Now that the dust has settled on the first competition day of IOI 2013, a clearer picture is emerging on the contenders for this year’s top prize.
Chinese competitor Mingda Quoi finished Monday’s session with a score of 287 out of a possible 300.
Fellow countryman Kangning Wang finished in second place, nine points behind Quoi.
Rounding off the top three was last year’s winner Johnny Ho, who attained a perfect score in the IOI in 2012.
According to Scientific Committee member Jackson Gatenby, the questions had a good variation of difficulty.
“‘Wombats’ was a very difficult task, and we didn’t expect many students to do well on it,” Mr Gatenby said,
“Although tasks like ‘Artclass’ and ‘Dreaming’ would have been little bit easier to handle, they still challenged a fair few students.
“The different difficulties of the questions will provide a variation of scores, which is good I think.”
Only three students achieved a score higher than 80 for the task ‘Wombats’, all of whom were from the Chinese team.
The students are now looking forward to improving their overall standings in the second exam, which will be held tomorrow (Wednesday).