Rubik's Cube World Records of 2021
World records are always beaten sooner or later in competitive sports, and it’s no different in the world of speedcubing. Many years ago, solving the cube in under 10 seconds was considered spectacular. With the passage of time and the rise of new competitors,sub-5 second solves are the new standard for world records. Below you’ll find the most significant speedcubing records of this year so far.
Best Rubik’s Cube World Records 2021
The fastest solution of the Rubik’s Cube as of 2021 is currently 3.47 seconds by Yusheng Du. He made it to the number one spot by beating Feliks Zemdegs, the former champion. Yusheng surpassed Feliks by 0.75 seconds (Feliks’ time was 4.22). In the world of speedcubing, a difference of almost a second is a lot!
However, the above scores are for solves using both hands. Did you know it’s possible to solve the cube in under 7 seconds using only one hand? After a lot of practice, Feliks got the world record for the fastest one-handed solve: 6.88 seconds.
Alternative cubing methods
Some speedcubers can solve the cube in incredible times – with their feet! For instance, Jakub Kipam, a well-known speedcuber, can solve the cube with his feet in 20.57 seconds. It’s far from his average solve using his hands, but it’s much faster than anyone would think possible.
When you think about it, anyone can eventually solve the cube if they learn algorithms, but how many can do it blindfolded? Jack Cai is an Australian speedcuber, and his specialty is solving the Rubik’s Cube without looking at it! He has three world records in blind speedcubing, and he’s a top competitor for 4×4 and 5×5 cubes.
All of that said, even the best speedcubers can’t compete with machines. In 2018 a robot solved the cube in 0.38 seconds! Invented by Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo, this incredible feat is a must-see:
Thankfully, the speedcubers of the world don’t have to worry about getting replaced by robots. Machines are in their own separate category. Although we love watching artificial intelligence solve the cube, as humans we enjoy watching other humans solving the cube even more.
This is only the beginning
Every year brings another opportunity for records to be beaten. Time and time again we’ve seen even the craziest records getting destroyed. Which record do you want to see broken? Is there one that you want to see made, like solving cubes with just the mouth? The sky is the limit.