4 Israeli Physics Medals

Only China, Russia and Taiwan produced more medal-winners than Israel at Israel-hosted Asian Physics Olympiad.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 2:37 PM

Israeli high school students Gal Dor (from Achad Ha'am High School in Petach Tikvah) and Assaf Rosen (from Mota Gur High School in Modi'in) won gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 12th Asian Physics Olympiad for high school students. The competition was held during the first days of this month at Tel Aviv University, under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education. 

Contestants took part from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, India, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and seven other countries. Only China, Russia and Taiwan produced more medal-winners than Israel.

The event was the first Asian Physics Olympiad to be held in Israel.  Asian Physics Olympiad Secretariat President Prof. Ming-Juey Lin said that this year's competition was "the most successful Asian Physics Olympiad that has been held to date."

Gur Peri, of Rabin High School in Mazkeret Batya, and Ben Akiva Feinstein of Rabin High School in Modi'in, won bronze medals. 

A total of 16 gold medals were awarded, ten silver medals, and 15 bronze medals. This was the first time since 2003 that an Israeli contestant had received a gold medal at an Asian Physics Olympiad. 

Education Minister Gideon Saar hailed the students' achievements, saying, "Excellence will fuel the human development engine and is a condition for the existence of the most advanced and enlightened societies. You students are exemplars for your generation."