Boy keeps cool to win gold in Math duel

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KUCH­ING: Win­ning a gold medal in an in­ter­na­tional math­e­mat­ics com­pe­ti­tion was be­yond what 10-year-old Na­jmi Asyraaf Halim had ex­pected.

But he over­came the jit­ters to win gold in the Level 2 cat­e­gory of the 14th World Math­e­mat­ics Com­pe­ti­tion in Manila, the Philip­pines, last week. Another Malaysian who won gold in the Level 4 cat­e­gory was Jad Haris Sabarud­din, 12.

Na­jmi said the five ques­tions were hard but he kept his com­po­sure.

“I am happy with my achieve­ment,” said the Year 4 pupil from SK Agama Datuk Haji Ab­dul Kadir Has­san here.

His fa­ther, quan­tity sur­veyor Ab­dul Halim Idris, said he broke down when Na­jmi was an­nounced as the win­ner.

“Ear­lier, I told him not to ex­pect any­thing but he should do his best and to gain ex­pe­ri­ence. But, deep in my heart, I didn’t want him to walk away empty handed. I was ex­pect­ing at least a sil­ver or bronze.”

“When they an­nounced his name for the top prize, that was when I cried.”

Halim said his son joined the Sakamoto Method pro­gramme for about half a year.

Jad Haris, who also trained in the same method for three years, said he had taken part in the com­pe­ti­tion twice be­fore.

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