Olympic informatics success for Croatia in Kazakhstan.
The 27th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2015), which has concluded in Almaty in Kazakhstan, brought together a total of 322 competitors from 83 countries. Croatian team once again achieved superb results, according to a report in Index.hr on August 2, 2015.
Young Croatian computer wizards won three silver and one bronze medal. Croatian team was led by the Croatian Informatics Society which also organized the selection trials for members of the Croatian national team. Silver medals were won by Ivan Lazarić, Tonko Sabolčec and Domagoj Bradač, while the bronze was won by Michael Liskij.
Students who represented Croatia qualified for the national team thanks to successful performances at the Croatian Informatics Olympiad, which was held in Zagreb on March 28, and at selection trials which were held from April 13 to April 16. The Croatian team was led by Krešimir Malnar and Gustav Matula.
In addition, excellent results were achieved a month earlier at the Central European Informatics Olympiad held in Brno in the Czech Republic from June 29 to July 4, where our young computer scientists won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Ivan Lazarić won the first place overall.
The training of the Croatian national team was financed with public funds appropriated for technical education, with additional support provided by the Croatian Association of Technical Culture and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.
“We are very satisfied with the success. That is the most important thing, but I have to say that we expected this because this team has been at the very top of Croatian competitions for years. Some of the team members, Lazarić and Sabolčec, have already taken part in the Olympiad in 2013 and 2014”, said the team leader Krešimir Malnar. “The success of our team at the Central European Informatics Olympiad suggested that we could achieve results like this. For years, Croatian high school students return from international competitions with a bunch of medals, so we have become used to it. However, for the last three years we have not won a gold. We won it last time in 2012, and 2011 we won three gold medals and were fourth in the overall standings in the world.”