By Egor, 8 years ago, In English

Next team is Tokyo University team called “University of Agitsune”. Its name has an interesting history. The team members name themselves like 3 animals — rabbit (usagi in Japanese), eel (unagi) and fox (kitsune). If you combine a rabbit and a fox, you will get usagitsune. If you combine an eel and a fox, you will get unagitsune. Replacing by dash letters that differ, we can obtain u-agitsune. And as University of Tokyo is sometimes referred to as U-Tokyo, reversing the rule, we get the team name (credit for this explanation should go to qnighy).

Last year 2 of its members participated in OpenCup under name “Kroliki” (transliteration of Russian word for rabbits). This is not a coincidence, as Makoto Soejima learns Russian. They finished 7th in general classification with one second and one third places on stages.

This team finished first in Tokyo Regional Contest, one problem ahead of second place, and third in Kaohsiung Regional Contest. They also finished first in Japan Domestic Contest.

Line-up:

Kazuhiro Hosaka — Codeforces rating 2400, TopCoder rating 3101, TopCoder Open 2011 finalist, Google Code Jam 2009, 2012 and 2013 finalist, Facebook Hacker Cup 2011-2013 finalist, Gold medalist in 2008 and 2009 IOI, Gold (2009) and Silver (2008) medalist in IMO.

Kensuke Imanishi — Codeforces rating 2436, TopCoder rating 2614, Google Code Jam 2013 finalist, Silver medalist in 2010 and 2011 IOI.

Makoto Soejima — Codeforces rating 2814, TopCoder rating 3468 (currently TopCoder algorithms admin), TopCoder Open 2010 and 2011 champion, Google Code Jam 2011 champion and 2010 and 2012 finalist, Facebook Hacker Cup 2011 and 2013 finalist, VK Cup 2012 finalist, Silver medalist in 2008 and 2009 IOI, 3 times Gold (2007-2009) and Bronze (2005) medalist in IMO.

Their personal achievements make this team one of favorites without any doubt. My guess is they have about 70% chance to get gold.

 
 
 
 
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no photo ??

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    Yes, and I even requested one in the middle of the post ;)

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Already expected amount of 2.3 gold medals despite ITMO and Taiwan left.

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Average(TopCoder Rating)=3061. Awesome...

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makoto soejima is also imo medalist many times

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    World final going to be exiting and interesting

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    Thanks, added to text

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rabbit (usagi in Japanese), eel (unagi) and fox (kitsune)

Aah, UNAGI! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ev_ob4mVwg

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Oh god, what an amazing team :) After this post my 99 % confidence on ITMO wining roughly get down to 60 :)

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    Hm, didn't you know about this team?

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      Since rng is working in US, I used to think he, sort of, broke up with acm )) Well, as for other guys, I don't even think that among top 5 Japan programers (sorry if I am mistaken here) three will line-up in the same team =)

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        rng_58 works for TopCoder. Due to the nature of the job he can do it from wherever he is. AFAIK he still lives in Japan

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Kazuhiro Hosaka also got medals in IMO. You can look it here link

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Wow. 2 of them got IOI and 2 of them got IMO medals. I think they'll get gold medal.

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    Actually, all 3 of them got IOI medals

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      My bad, sorry. But result is same, they'll get gold medal.

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Actually if they win,rng_58 will become the first person who win GCJ and TCO and World Final.It is quite impressive :).

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    It is time for Japan to win a world final... I am quite sure this team will win.

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      How about no?

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      1) There is a tremendously strong SPb IFMO team (tourist, cerealguy and niyaznigmatul), 2) Even strong Japanese teams usually are not that good and Wolrd-Finals-like problems. So I would not be so sure ;) Anyway, this contest is expected to be rather interesting.

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      National Taiwan University had beaten University of Tokyo team in Jakarta. It is difficult to say that one team can win the final.