Teen displays rare brilliance at maths competition, wins bronze medal

Teen displays rare brilliance at maths competition, wins bronze medal

- Kgaogelo Bopape from Horizon International School in Johannesburg has made South Africa proud with his performance in the 2020 Maths Olympiad

- Bopape became the first African learner to garner a third place at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

- Many people have since congratulated the smart teen on his winning, expressing how proud they are of him

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Kgaogelo Bopape has flown South Africa's flag high. The Grade 12 pupil, who hails from Soweto, managed to obtain an amazing achievement.

The 17-year-old Horizon International School pupil walked away with a bronze medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The Olympiad was set to be hosted in Russia this year but because of the pandemic, young maths geniuses from around the world took part in it virtually.

Bopape not only managed to get a medal, he also made history. The young maths whizz became the first African to ever get a bronze medal at the IMO.

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Local teen, 17, bags bronze medal at Maths Olympiad, makes history
Kgaogelo Bopape from Soweto has become the country’s first black pupil to garner a bronze medal at the IMO. Photo: Horizon High Official, Inside Education / Facebook.
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Taking to Facebook, Horizon International School gushed about Bopape's amazing achievement. The post read:

"Well done to our very own Kgaugelo Bopape on being the first African learner to receive a bronze medal at the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad held in Russia. Thank you for making Horizon High School proud and South Africa."

It should be noted that Bopape was amongst six South African pupils who took part in the IMO this year. His performance at the Olympiad inspired South Africans and Bopape was applauded online.

Khensani Matsimbi commented:

"Congratulations Mr Bopape, you are a true inspiration to the country and other children, may God bless you more."

Yolandi Costa wrote:

"So proud! Super congratulations Kgaugelo! High five to Mr Akinci and the maths department."

Tlhaki Mohlaudi said:

"Well done Mr Bopape, I am so proud of you."

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