Rubik's cube World Championship 2007 - Hungary


Hometown favorite Mátyás Kuti, 14, had seven gold medals in the competition out of seventeen, from these he made 3 world records.

He set a world record in the larger 5x5x5 cube competition with an average time of 1:45:07. Kuti solved the 4x4x4 cube in 1:02.37 and the 3x3x3 blindfolded in 1:07.53.

A 16-year-old Japanese won the top prize at the Rubik’s Cube world championship on Sunday in Budapest, where the cult puzzle was invented 33 years ago. Yu Nakajima of Japan won the main event for arranging the six different colors of the six-sided classic 3x3 cube. The 26 little cubes one can mix in 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different ways. Yu solved the puzzle five times in an average of 12.46 seconds.

But the fastest single attempt was in 10.88 seconds by Andrew Kang of the United States, who came in second for the main event. The world record of 9.86 seconds has been held by Thibaut Jacquinot of France since May.

More than 250 competitors from 33 countries took part in the event, the first to be held in Hungary - where the game was invented by Ernő Rubik in 1974 - since competition began in 1982. Rubik, the game’s creator made a rare public appearance at the medal ceremony, helping to hand out the main awards. „I’m glad the cube is reaching new generations, who face it with fresh wonder, curiosity and enthusiasm,” he said.

Other competitors showed their skill by solving the cube blindfolded, with one hand or with their feet. Anssi Vanhala of Finland won the feet-only challenge, aligning the colors of the 3x3 cube in 49.33 seconds. Ryan Patricio, US, made a World record in solving the 3x3x3 cube with only one hand in 21.13 seconds. Zbigniew Zborowski, Poland solved the 3x3x3 cube with the least number of motions. (Rubik's Cube, Magyar Trendi Klub)


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