A BASINGSTOKE boy is among 12 winners of the latest international Mental Maths Olympiad.

Vishruth Keshettivar, nine, claimed third prize in the 6-9 age category of the Olympiad organised by British Youth International College (BYITC).

The challenge, carried out online, was open to students worldwide and split into four age categories. The top performers in each were awarded prizes for their mental arithmetic skills.

Vishruth lives in Chapel Gate development in Basingstoke and goes to Oakridge Junior School.

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The Olympiad competition was based on BYITC’s innovative Abacus Maths training programme and presented pupils with a series of mental arithmetic problems to test the skills they have honed through Supermaths tuition and other learning methods.

There was an online scoreboard displaying the top performers in all age categories. The efficient use of AI and a camera recording system meant the tests were transparent and fair.

Vishruth’s mum, Navya said: “What an amazing accomplishment. Vishruth's third place win in the International Math Olympiad is truly impressive and a testament to his dedication and hard work. It's wonderful to see such passion for mathematics and the abacus, which is a testament to the value of perseverance and commitment.

“As parents, we are incredibly proud of his achievements and the knowledge he has gained through his love of learning. This skill will undoubtedly open many doors for him in the future. Thanks to Supermaths (BYITC) and Priya (teacher) for encouraging and supporting his passion for math and celebrating his successes.”

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BYITC founder Dr Rashmi Mantri said: “Congratulations go to all the winners and runners-up of The Mental Maths Olympiad. We were pleased to have so many from out overseas competing also.

“The competition challenged our students, and others, to engage with their training in a fun and interactive way, and, by having it open to people from all over the world, let them see how far they have already come.

“We know that working on arithmetic problems alone can be monotonous, so we introduced a competitive element so that students can improve their analytical skills in a more dynamic way.”