Days after creating history at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2018, Indian students once again made their countrymen proud by winning two gold and two silver medals at 50th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). Jishnu Basavaraju from Hyderabad Dhyey Sankalp Gandhi from Vadodara won gold medals and Aayush Kadam from Madhya Pradesh, and Sanchit Agarwal from Delhi won silver medals. India has won a total of 80 medals and this was its 20th year of participation in the contest which comprises theoretical and experimental examinations.
The first International Chemistry Olympiad was organised in Prague, Czechoslovakia in the year 1968 and has been held continuously since then with the exception of 1971. The country who wants to participate in the competition has to send observers for two consecutive olympiads.
Earlier in the month of July each of the five students representing the country at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal won gold medals. It was the first time in over two decades when all five students have won gold for the nation.
The fives student who represented India were - Lay Jain and Pawan Goyal from Kota, Bhaskar Gupta from Mumbai, Nishant Abhangi from Rajkot and Siddharth Tiwary from Kolkata.
Let us tell you that the first edition of the International Physics Olympiad took place in Warsaw, Poland, in 1967. There were only 5 participating countries in its first edition. However, its popularity gained momentum over the year and today 86 countries participated in the event.