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Taiwan students win two golds at Biology Olympiad
Central News Agency
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2009-07-20 12:00 AM
Taiwan students won two gold and two silver medals at the International Biology Olympiad 2009 which concluded Saturday.

Lee Yi-chun from National Changhua Senior High School and Kuo Yu-chi from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School each won gold, while Wu Po-fan from Taipei Municipal Chenggong High School and Chang Jui-che from National Taichung First Senior High School each took silver.

Among the 221 students from 56 countries who took part in the contest, 23 won gold medals, 46 won silvers and 66 took bronzes.

Lee Yi-chun, who will be entering university soon, attributed his success in the contest to the training he received in special biology programs in his freshman and sophomore years in senior high school.

Kuo Yu-chi, who is about to go into his junior year, said his interest in biology was sparked by his exposure to a molecular biology class in his freshman year.

He said he was pleased with his performance in the competition, not to mention the opportunity to make contact with foreign students with similar interests.

One of the second-place winners, Wu Po-fan, who has already been accepted to National Taiwan University, said he has been interested in nature, especially in animals, since he was a young child.

The other silver medalist, Chang Jui-che, a junior, said he has been taking special science and mathematic classes at school and has a special interest in biology.

The competition began July 12 and each contestant was tested in practical and theoretical areas in seven different categories.

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