In the last minutes of the five-hour finals, Russians beat the favorites of the contest – MIT team. MSU students win a second time in a row, and if the rules are not changed, it will be impossible to exceed their achievement in the most prestigious global programming contest.

A team of students from the Moscow State University Red Panda won the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) at the World Programming Olympiad. The second place was won by the team of the Massachusetts University of Technology, the third – by the University of Tokyo, the fourth – by the University of Warsaw.

The title of champions was won by a fourth-year student Mikhail Ipatov and third-year students Grigory Reznikov and Vladislav Makeev. The preparation of the team was led by Elena Andreeva.

“Many people considered the MIT team a favorite this year, they had a very strong team,” Phillip Torchinsky, co-ordinator for interaction with universities at JetBrains, told Forbes.

In the championship, the Russians managed to solve ten of the 11 problems in five hours. And literally until the last minutes, they lagged behind the favorites – the MIT team, as well as the Japanese. “Several teams solved eight tasks, MIT and the Japanese team nine, but two minutes before the end of the time, the MSU team managed to solve the tenth problem correctly – this made them leaders,” says Torchinsky.

The Moscow State University team won the Olympiad for the second time in a row in the same roster. One team can participate in the ICPC only twice. This means that the achievement of the Russians can be repeated, but not surpassed.

ICPC is the oldest, largest and most prestigious competition in sports programming in the world, which has been held since 1977. Russia is the leader in the number of titles won, but more often teams from other universities won: ITMO University won seven times, four more times – students of St. Petersburg State University.

As reported by NewsWise, in June 2020, the ICPC will be held for the first time in Moscow, on the basis of MIPT.

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