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Breaking news! The Rubik's Cube world has new champion



Rubik's Cube World Championship.AP photo

The World Rubik's Cube Championship took place this weekend in Bangkok, Thailand. Because, if you're going to hold a world championship for this particular sport, Bangkok is the obvious choice. (Turns out Murray Head's song was about cubing all along.)

For those who are holding betting slips, I won't stall any longer: The new world champion is Michal Pleskowicz of Poland, with an average solving time of 8.65 seconds in the main event. The runner-up, Rowe Hessler from U.S., solved the puzzle with an average of 9.56 seconds.

It should be noted that the average time for me to solve the puzzle is 35 years ... and still counting.

About 350 competitors from 40 countries fought the puzzle and each other (not literally, I hope) in the competition. And yes, because I know it's the next question on your mind, I do have the full list of winners. Unintended sarcasm aside, I think it's totally cool that this '80s toy continues to be an international phenom.

2x2 Rubik’s Cube: Feliks Zemdegs/ Australia / 2.71 Sec
4x4 Rubik’s Cube: Feliks Zemdegs/ Australia/ 35.22 Sec
5x5 Rubik’s Cube: Feliks Zemdegs/ Australia / 59.94 Sec
One-handed 3x3 Rubik’s Cube: Arifumi Fushimi / Japan/ 15.56 Sec
3x3 Rubik’s Cube (fewest moves): Sebatsien Auroux / Germany / 28 Moves
3x3 Rubik’s Cube with Feet: Henrik Buus Aagaard/ Denmark / 43.05 Sec
Pyraminx: Jules Desjardin/ France / 4.67 Sec
Square-1: Dan Cohen/ USA / 16.42 Sec
Megaminx: Simon Westlund / Sweden / 51.23 Sec
Rubik’s Clock: Daniel Shepard / United Kingdom / 7.51 Sec
Rubik’s Magic: Balint Bodor / Hungary / 0.93 Sec
Master Magic: Mate Horvath/ Hungary / 2.21 Sec
3x3 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded: Zane Carney / Australia / 31.41 Sec
4x4 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded: Aldo Feandri / Indonesia / 5 Min 52.50 Sec
5x5 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded: Chris Hardwick / USA / 15 Min 6.06 Sec

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 2:35pm]


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