Rubik's Cube World Champion crowned in Las Vegas event

Australia's Feliks Zemdeg took home the title with a time of 8.18 seconds
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Yes, that is a pair of feet solving a Rubik's cube.

Welcome to the 2013 Rubik's Cube World Championship.

The three day event was held in Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel & Casino and saw more than 575 competitors from 37 countries make to trip to prove their speedcubing skills.

Feliks Zemdegs of Australia eventually came top to the tree, solving the 3x3 Rubik's Cube in 8.18 seconds. As well as taking home the satisfaction of knowing he is the best speedcuber on the planet, Zemdegs also won $3,000 in prize money, a shiny championship trophy and other Rubik's Cube-related goodies.

Germany's Sebastian Weyer came third whilst second place Mats Velk from the Netherlands will sleep a little easier at night knowing he remains the world record holder for the fastest solve (5.55 seconds).

Not content with ruling over the 3x3 challenge, Zemdegs also triumphed in the 4x4 and, frankly, was just showing off when he also came top in the one handed 3x3 Rubik's Cube tournament.

The United States led the weekend’s overall medal count by earning 14 total medals, including six gold, four silver and four bronze. Australia and Poland followed close behind the U.S. in the medal count.

As Zemdegs' range of medals shows, the tournament is comprised of several different challenges, listed below.

  • 2x2 Rubik’s Cube
  • 3x3 Rubik’s Cube
  • 4x4 Rubik’s Cube
  • 5x5 Rubik’s Cube
  • 6x6
  • 7x7
  • One-handed 3x3 Rubik’s Cube
  • Blindfolded 3x3 Rubik’s Cube
  • 3x3 Rubik’s Cube (fewest moves)
  • 3x3 Rubik’s Cube with feet
  • Pyraminx
  • Square-1
  • Megaminx
  • Rubik’s Clock
  • 4x4 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
  • 5x5 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
  • 3x3 Rubik’s Cube multiple blindfolded

And as impressive as Zemdegs' achievements are, Poland's Jakub Kipa deserves a mention as the medal-winning feet at the top of this page are indeed his.


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