Five children from the State were declared champions at the recently concluded 9th International Mental and Arithmetic Competition held at Chennai. Organised by the SIP Academy, the competition saw 3,200 children from 14 countries contending for the top honours across 11 different levels, said J. Sampath Kumar, area partner, SIP Andhra Pradesh.

“This is our best performance so far. Out of the 11 levels, five champions are from AP. We have broken our own record. Last year when the competition was held in Dubai, we had four world champions from our State,” he said calling the achievement a proud moment for the State.

The children, four from the city and one from Kakinada demonstrated their mental abilities before media persons at a press conference here on Tuesday.

S.K. Monish from Nagamalli Thota in Kakinada, K.V.S Bhargav from B.K. Guda, Manvi Sharma and Krishna Agarwal both from Paradise, Secunderabad and S. Santosh from Dilsukhnagar (Grandmaster level) won laurels at the competition after solving complex mental and arithmetic calculations within a limited time frame.

Mr. Kumar said the 400-strong contingent from the State bagged 131 medals in all, standing only behind Maharashtra. Our international heads appreciated that Indians were very good when it comes to logical thinking and computation, he added.