Singapore team places third at International Geography Olympiad in Japan

(From left to right): Tan Hean Shuen, Ian Teo Tze-Rong, Eric Ryan Toh Yung Slung, and Daniel Wong Xue Wei. The team from Singapore has placed third in a field of 126 students at the 10th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Japan. -- PHOTO: MIN
(From left to right): Tan Hean Shuen, Ian Teo Tze-Rong, Eric Ryan Toh Yung Slung, and Daniel Wong Xue Wei. The team from Singapore has placed third in a field of 126 students at the 10th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Japan. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION  

A team of four boys from Singapore has placed third in a field of 126 students at the 10th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Japan.

Held in Kyoto from July 31 to Aug 5, the Singapore team attained a total of two gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

Daniel Wong from Raffles Institution and Ian Teo from St Andrew's Junior College were both awarded gold medals, with Daniel clinching the position of top gold medalist in the competition.

Tan Hean Shuen from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) clinched a silver and Eric Ryan Toh from Victoria Junior College was awarded a bronze.

Members of the team were selected from the National University of Singapore Geography Challenge 2012 and the National Geography Talent Development Programme.

The competition consisted of written, multimedia and fieldwork components, and required students to exhibit a good knowledge of a wide range of physical and human geography topics.