LONDON, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Feliks Zemdegs is reigning champion at Rubik's Cube World Championships
This weekend in São Paulo, Brazil, the global Speedcubing elite congregated for the Rubik's Cube World Championship (http://www.cuber.com.br/worlds/) - the first time that the competition has ever been held in South America.
At Colégio Etapa, a school in the centre of São Paulo, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia retained his crown with an average time of 7.56 seconds, winning the championship trophy and a selection of Rubik's Cube prizes. Feliks also performed the fastest Single Solve of the competition: 5.60 seconds.
(See him achieve this on the new Rubik's Cube film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzZm3y0sT4I&feature=youtu.be)
As ever, the event was incredibly tight and Feliks won by a margin of one second, narrowly beating Mats Valk of the Netherlands who finished with an average time of 8.56 seconds.
The UK was well represented in the 3 x 3 Cube (http://www.rubiks.com), with Breandan Vallance of Scotland and Robert Yau of England finishing strongly against a competitive field with times of 10.70 seconds and 10.01 seconds respectively.
Top five in 3 x 3 Rubik's Cube final:
Feliks Zemdegs Australia 7.56 Mats Valk Netherlands 8.56 Jakub Kipa Poland 8.63 Michal Pleskowicz Poland 8.82 Sayed Mohammad Hossein Israel 8.82
Other notable results were:
- Kabyani Talukdar of India who won the 3 x 3 blindfolded category with a time of 24.86 seconds
- Feliks Zemdegs of Australia who won the 3 x 3 one-handed category with a time of 11.85 seconds
- Gabriel Pereira Campanha of Brazil who won the 3 x 3 with feet category with a time of 32.51 seconds
There were 18 different events at the 2015 Rubik's Cube World Championship including:
- 2x2 Rubik's Cube
- 3x3 Rubik's Cube
- 4x4 Rubik's Cube
- 5x5 Rubik's Cube
- One-handed 3x3 Rubik's Cube
- Blindfolded 3x3 Rubik's Cube
- 3x3 Rubik's Cube (fewest moves)
- 3x3 Rubik's Cube with feet
- 4x4 Rubik's Cube blindfolded
- 5x5 Rubik's Cube blindfolded
- 3x3 Rubik's Cube multiple blindfolded
Rubik's Cube World Champions
The Rubik's Cube World Championship was first held in Budapest in 1982 and was won by American Minh Thai with a time of 22.95 seconds. Since then, huge improvements in technique, lubrication and participation have pushed the sport further than ever before.
2015 São Paulo Australia - Feliks Zemdegs 7.56 2013 Las Vegas Australia - Feliks Zemdegs 8.18 2011 Bangkok Poland - Michał Pleskowicz 8.65 2009 Dusseldorf UK - Breandan Vallance 10.74 2007 Budapest Japan - Yu Nakajima 12.46 2005 Orlando France - Jean Pons 15.10 2005 Toronto USA -Dan Knights 20.00 1982 Budapest USA - Minh Thai 22.95
In total, over 423 people from 41 countries competed in the 2015 Rubik's Cube World Championship.
To see a full list of results, please go to the official website at http://www.cuber.com.br/worlds/live.php .
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New film of 2015 championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzZm3y0sT4I&feature=youtu.be
Rubik's Cube: timeline
1974 - Erno Rubik, a young Professor of Architecture in Budapest, Hungary creates a seemingly impossible object: a solid Cube that twists and turns without breaking or falling apart.
1975 - Erno Rubik applies for a patent for the invention, calling it the 'Magic Cube'.
1977 - The patent is approved and the first Magic Cubes go on sale in a toyshop in Budapest.
1979 - Tom Kremer negotiates and signs the distribution licence from Erno Rubik at the International Toy Fair in Nuremburg.
1980 - The Magic Cube is renamed the 'Rubik Cube' and internationally launched. Since the launch, an estimated 400 million Rubik's Cubes have been sold.
1981 - Twelve-year old British schoolboy Patrick Bossert publishes the book You Can do the Cube, which goes on to sell a staggering 1.5 million copies.
1982 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championship takes place in Budapest and is won by American Minh Thai in a world-record time of 22.95 seconds.
1995 - Fred Cueller of Diamond Cutters International creates the 'Masterpiece Cube' for the Rubik's Cube's fifteenth anniversary. It is a fully functioning Rubik's Cube with a twist -it's made with 185 carats of gems set in 18-karat gold. In its solved state, the Cube features a different type of gem on each side-including 22.5 karats of amethyst, 34 karats of rubies and 34 karats of emeralds. The Masterpiece Cube is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.
2007 - Erno Rubik awards the prizes to the winners at the Rubik's Cube World Championship in his home city, Budapest.
2009 - Scotland's Breandan Vallance wins the Rubik's Cube World Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany.
2013 - A new and improved Rubik's Cube is released, with an all-new, faster action mechanism and stronger durable tiles. The traditional colours of green, yellow, orange, red, white and blue still stand.
2015 - The Rubik's Cube World Championships is held in South America for the first time in São Paulo, Brazil.
Images and B-roll from the 2015 Rubik's Cube World Championship are available.
Footage of Feliks Zemdegs achieving his 5.60 second solve is available here from 1.55:
Film is free for use for publishing, broadcast or social media purposes.
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