The team that represented Cuba at the International Informatics Olympiad (IOI) 2022, recently held in Indonesiawon a silver medal and, in addition, he was awarded an honorable mention, according to Cuban media reports.
In this 34th edition of the event, the awards for the Cuban team came thanks to the performances of the students Manuel Darío Oliver Ballesteros and Alberto Leyva Guerra, who are in their twelfth grade at the Ernesto Guevara Vocational Pre-University Institute of Exact Sciences (IPVCE) in the central province of Villa Clara, in accordance with the Cuban News Agency (ACN).
John Mauris López Ramos, from the aforementioned Villa Clara educational center, and Ernesto David Serize Portela, from the IPU Martín Dihígo, from Cienfuegos, also contributed to this achievement virtually.
?? With a representation of four pre-university students, three of them from Villa Clara, Team Cuba achieved a silver medal and an honorable mention at the 2022 International Informatics Olympiad.#IOI2022 https://t.co/3WCdPtEiYx
— Cuban News Agency (@ACN_Cuba) August 22, 2022
Manuel Darío reached 42nd place in the qualifying ranking, out of 349 contestants from 88 countries, a result that positioned him as the highest rated Latin American on this occasion. The young man, who already holds two bronze medals in previous Olympics, said he was very satisfied with his silver medal, as it shows his growth over the years.
According to the agency, Frank Hernández González, deputy leader of the Cuba team and coach, explained that these boys began their training in junior high school and, to date, have participated in four Ibero-American competitions and three Olympics.
In addition, he commented, that his training includes insertion in competitions on-line and the self-taught study of the contents, as well as its inclusion in the university movement of Competitive Programming, adds the office.
With what was achieved in the recent edition of the contest, Cuba adds a total of 37 medals in the IOI, which makes it the second country in Latin America with the highest number of medals in this type of event, according to the ACN.