World Champ Solves Rubik's Cube in 7.36 Seconds
17-year-old Aussie crowned champion
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
A participant solves a Rubik's Cube for speed during the 2010 Rubik's Cube Megahouse cup championship in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

(Newser) – An Australian teenager is the new Rubik's Cube World Champion (yes, there is a Rubik's Cube World Championship), solving a 3x3 cube with an average of 8.18 seconds and a single fastest time of 7.36 seconds. That doesn't make him the fastest in the world—Dutchman Mats Valk holds the world record for the fastest single solve with 5.55 seconds. But Valk only managed an average time of 8.65 seconds this year, coming second to 17-year-old Feliks Zemdegs at the championship in Las Vegas, reports Sky News. In addition to the standard 3x3 competition, other events included solving the puzzle blindfolded, one-handed, and by foot. Sky has video of the wild cubing action.

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Jul 31, 2013 2:56 AM CDT
They must have good teachers at their schools. Oops that's right their teachers only responsible if they are given bad marks or don't succeed. Or maybe there is as lot more to children success then just who their school teachers are or were. Naa, there would not be anyone to blame & sometimes sue for people's failures. Not many people sue themselves. Some, not many, do blame themselves. I mean genetics & home life & parents are just teacher excuses. Ask Ms. Rhea. It is few times, if at all, anyone ever hears a parent's job is threaten because of their child's failures. How about blaming the child himself. So when the truth doesn't make news or sell papers, to fix that the media just ignore or lie. Better for the wealthy owners & better job security for the underpaid news reporters. Actually better for the parents. Probably better for the politicians (blaming parents is not a good strategy for getting elected.) Definitely better for the child (rather then him/her having to take responsibility for his/her own actions.
Jul 30, 2013 10:33 AM CDT
Shoot .... when I had one of these as a kid it took me less than half this time to "solve" it. I would have been quicker if I had found the hammer sooner.
Jul 30, 2013 10:18 AM CDT
I bet these guys get all the girls.