Mathematics Gold Medal for Loughborough Grammar School Student
"The best school mathematician in the whole country" Former Mountfields Lodge junior school pupil and present Loughborough Grammar School student, Matei Mandache (17), has been awarded a Gold Medal in the “Romanian Master of Mathematics” competition held in Bucharest from Wednesday 27th February to Monday 4th March (2013). Romanian-born Matei who was representing the UK, performed outstandingly in the two very tough examinations, each of which lasted four and a half hours. His superb marks placed him in equal third position out of the 91 contestants, all of whom were from elite Mathematics Olympiad countries around the world. As a result, Matei won a Gold medal, to go with his Silver medal from last year’s Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in Turkey and a Bronze medal from last year’s International Mathematical Olympiad in Argentina.
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for senior school students and was first held in Romania in 1959 when 7 countries took part. There are now over 100 countries spanning five continents involved in the annual competition.
Matei helped the UK to a magnificent third place out of the fifteen competing teams, just behind the USA and Russia, and well ahead of host country Romania.
As the top scorer in the UK team, following his perfect marks in both rounds of the British Mathematical Olympiad this year, he is now indisputably the best school mathematician in the UK. Not surprisingly, he has been offered a place to read Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge.