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Korean students win third straight science olympiad

South Korean high school students swept the top awards at the annual international science competition, claiming the overall crown for the third year in a row, the Science Ministry announced Monday.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said the country’s national team grabbed the championship at the International Earth Science Olympiad by winning three gold medals and one silver medal. The competition was held in Mysore, India, from Sept. 11 to 19.

Korea shared the top spot with Taiwan.

The students who represented Korea were Kim Hee-jun from Busanil Science High School, Lee Ju-ho from Hansung Science High School, Han Sang-woo from Incheon Science High School, and Lee Min-yeop from Gyeongnam Science High School.

A total of 101 students from 27 countries competed, showcasing their talent in various categories including climate change, natural disaster, natural resources and pollution.

The IESO was first held in Korea in 2007. The eighth competition will be held in the United States next year.

By Im Woo-jung, Intern reporter