Australian Feliks Zemdegs took the Rubik´s Cube world title for the second year on Sunday (July 19) at the tense and sweat-dripping 2015 World Championship finals which reunited the world´s meanest “speedcubers” in Sao Paulo.
Zemdegs came in with a cool second win, completing the traditional 3x3x3 Rubik´s Cube in a staggering 5.695 seconds, narrowly missing world record holder, American Collin Burns who completed it in 5.25.
Zemdegs after collecting his prizes said “Firstly, the competition was really really awesome, well-run, the venue was really nice, all the people were really nice. The win was also really nice as well. Because I won last time, I was sort of less nervous this time because I had already won one so that sort of helped a bit, but yeah it was obviously really cool,”
There are a total of 17 different Rubik’s Cube competitions at the event. Players are timed to see who can complete the puzzle the fastest.
Most people are familiar with the standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube, but they might be surprised to know in the world of competitive speed cubing cubers compete with 2x2x2 cubes all the way up to 7x7x7 Rubik’s cubes.
However, the main event is the standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube, a popular toy that was first invented 41 years ago by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik as a way to challenge his architecture students.
And while most people have fiddled with the toy, few have probably ever been able to complete it — without removing the coloured stickers, of course.
The 3x3x3 With Feet competition might be one of the most interesting, but even more impressive is the blindfolded competitors who must memorize the cubes before solving them with their eyes covered.