14-Year-Old Sets New Rubik's Cube World Record Of 4.90 Seconds

14-Year-Old Sets New Rubik's Cube World Record Of 4.90 Seconds

Speedcuber Lucas Etter was able to complete the Rubik's Cube mind-blowingly fast. Solving it in 4.90 seconds is not just one of his bests so far but it's a new world record.

And here's footage of it, taken at River Hill Fall in Maryland. It basically takes longer for the kids around him to realise what happened than it took Lucas to solve the puzzle.

According to the official rules, the Cube is randomly scrambled by a computer program (everyone gets the same scramble) and competitors have 15 seconds to observe it before solving it. There are records for one-handed and blindfolded solves. It's also possible to have five attempts, with the average of all but the fastest and the slowest attempts giving the final score. Under these tournament conditions, Lucas Etter's "single solve" is an awesome new record.

You can also watch a slow-mo animation of all the steps over here (via r/cubers). It's truly amazing.


    I love how the url of this article says 490 seconds. That's about how long it takes me to get one side.

    Just for context, the guy in the fedora broke the world record earlier that day, which is why he looks a little ambivalent in that video.

    Also, while the single record was broken, the average record is still held by an Australian, Feliks Zemdegs, one of the best speedcubers of all time.

    Here's him solving a cube 7/10th faster at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE5wUeo4Rs0
    And here's him setting the average record: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGV0VmS52gI

    I love that other guy sitting opposite him jumps up and runs over to celebrate by awkwardly hugging Lucas from behind......take it easy bro!

    Where's the Gender equality in the rubiks cube world... Come on everyone, it's 2015.

      there is nothing preventing any woman to be part of this club or competition. mabye girls in genereal are'nt hardcore nerds, skill edge competition fanatics like men TEND to be.
      we dont see gender equality on the Olympics record marks. most psysical demanding records belong to men. and thats simply becouse both genders are not equal. not sayng one is better than the other, just diferent

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