U.S. Wins World Geography Championship

July 14, 2005

A team of three U.S. grade school students won the seventh National Geographic World Championship, the National Geographic Society announced today.

Russia came in second and Canada was third in the competition, in which teams from 17 countries faced off in Budapest, Hungary.

"The United States, Russia and Canada qualified for the final round after obtaining the highest combined scores—a three-way tie—in a written contest on Monday and in Tuesday's preliminary activity that included an outdoor map-reading course at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden," according to a National Geographic news release.

Students were eligible to take part in the World Championship competition by winning or being a top finisher in national competitions in their home regions. The 15 other teams that competed this year were from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The world championship is organized by the National Geographic Society and held every two years. This year's competition was sponsored by the Hungarian National Tourist Office.

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