QE physicist reaches final of prestigious national competition

A Year 12 student has progressed to the final 16 in the British Physics Olympiad, competing mostly against students a year older than him.

Madhi Elango now has the opportunity to win a place in the final four who will go on to represent the UK at international level. He has been invited to a special training camp where he will compete against the other finalists.

Madhi and fellow Year 12 student Aniruddh Raghu were both given gold awards after achieving top 50 places in the first round of the competition, which attracted more than 2,000 entrants. After the second round, which involved a three-hour examination, Aniruddh was awarded a Merit – placing him in the top 30, whilst Madhi achieved a top-16 finish.

“Both the boys have done exceptionally well to get to this level, especially as they are Year 12 boys in a competition primarily aimed at students in Year 13,” said Physics teacher Ashley Dyson. “There is no doubt that Aniruddh and Madhi have spurred each other on through working together to prepare for the competition.”

The examination-based competition’s stated aim is to challenge and reward the best physicists in British schools.