In the best ever performance by an Indian team, each of the five students representing the country bagged gold medals at the International Physics Olympiad(IPhO 2018) held in Lisbon, Portugal, last week. This is the first time in 21 years that all students have brought the gold home. China is the only other country, among 86 others, to bag the maximum gold medals.
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Mumbai’s Bhaskar Gupta, Lay Jain from Kota, Rajkot’s Nishanth Abhangi, Pawan Goyal from Jaipur and Siddarth Tiwary from Kolkata represented the country at the 49th IPhO this year. Of the 396 students who participated from across the world, 42 won gold medals after a two-stage competition. The IPhO competition consists of a theoretical and an experimental examination, each of five-hour duration. This year, the theoretical examination had questions based on LIGO detection of gravitational waves, the ATLAS instrument at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the physics of blood flow in living tissues and growth of tumours. Out of all the participants, the top 8% who scored the highest are awarded gold medals.
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