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Rubik's Cube Solved in Under 6 Seconds by Australian Teen

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Participants attend the Rubik's Cube World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 17, 2015. (Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 03:24 PM

An Australian teen solved a Rubik's Cube in less than six seconds last week to win the Rubik's Cube Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Feliks Zemdegs, a 19-year-old from Melbourne, solved the iconic puzzle in just 5.69 seconds, winning himself a second world title on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.

Zemdegs beet out Mats Valk of the Netherlands, who had a time of 7.40 seconds, and Jakub Kipa of Poland, who finished in 7.95 seconds.

Although Zemdegs had the fastest hands at the competition, he fell just 0.44 seconds short of breaking the world record held by American Collin Burns, who solved the puzzle in only 5.25 seconds earlier this year, according to Reuters.

"Because I won last time, I was sort of less nervous this time . . . so that sort of helped a little bit," the teen said afterwards.

During the training process leading up to the championship, Zemdegs spent a full month practicing up to six hours each day. However, he says people should practice a lot only if they consider it fun.

“Even the fastest guys in the world only practice because it’s fun, or alternatively, they enjoy being really competitive and the corresponding amount of practice that is required to do so,” Zemdegs said. “Cubing should never be a chore, and I think that forcing yourself to practice isn't a good mindset.”

Though Zemdegs competed using his very own two hands, other competitors prefer to compete blindfolded, with their feet, or with only one hand.

The multicolored puzzle was first invented in 1974 by a Hungarian architect named Erno Rubik.

More than 423 people from 41 countries competed in this year’s Rubik’s Cube World Championship.




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