Mind Gaming / Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship / Record holder Zemdegs speeds to glory

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Feliks Zemdegs celebrating at Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship at Cyclorama in Boston, MA, USA on 22 September, 2018. –
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Australian record holder wins one of four titles at Boston World Championships.

Australian Feliks Zemdegs recorded the only solution under five seconds at the inaugural Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship to take the speedcubing title in American city Boston. Here is all you need to know:

– The World Championship event was a culmination of qualifiers in 12 countries with three head-to-head game modes of speedcubing, fastest hand, re-scramble.

Feliks Zemdegs, Dana Yi, Ricky Meiler, Bill Wang pose for a portrait at Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship at Cyclorama in Boston, MA, USA on 22 September, 2018. –
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Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool

– Zemdegs flew the furthest from home to defend his honour with a stunning sub-five second attempt en route to victory against Canada’s Bill Wang in the final showdown.

– The 22-year-old said: “I expected the different format would be interesting. I had to change up my tactics because there were incredibly fast speedcubers here.”

– Wang took home one title of his own when he got the better of Germany’s Philipp Weyer in the fastest hand final for a share of the $30,000 prize purse.

– Germany’s Ricky Meiler defeated Hungary’s Adam Barta to win the re-scramble title, while American Dana Yi beat Denmark’s Karina Beck in women’s speedcubing.

Dana Yi and Priyadarshini Venkatesh compete in Speedcubing Female at Rubik’s Cube World Championship in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on September 22, 2018 –
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Michael Lang / Red Bull Content Pool

– The 19-year-old said of the maiden women’s event: “Today was really fun. I hope this event helps women not feel intimidated to participate and compete in cubing.”

– This year’s winners received unique championship ring made with yellow gold and sterling silver from Houston jeweller, Diamond Cutters International.

– Boston also welcomed Rubik’s Cube inventor Ernö Rubik, the Hungarian architect and professor, to see how far the sport has come since its 1974 creation.

– It took Rubik about a month to solve his first cube with champion Zemdegs currently holding the world record of 4.22 seconds, which he set in May 8, 2018.

RESULTS

Speedcubing Men
1. Feliks Zemdegs (Australia)
2. Bill Wang (Canada)
3. Sebastian Weyer (Germany)

Bill Wang, Philipp Weyer, Andrey Che celebrating Fastest Hand Finals at Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship at Cyclorama in Boston, MA, USA on 22 September, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool

Fastest Hand
1. Bill Wang (Canada)
2. Philipp Weyer (Germany)
3. Andrey Che (Russia)

Ricky Meiler, Adam Barta and Chris Mills celebrating Rescramble Mixed Finals at Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship at Cyclorama in Boston, MA, USA on 22 September, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool

Re-scramble Mixed
1. Ricky Meiler (Germany)
2. Adám Barta (Hungary)
3. Chris Mills (UK)

Dana Yi, Karina Beck, Kalina Jakubowska celebrating Speedcubing – Female Finals at Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship at Cyclorama in Boston, MA, USA on 22 September, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool

Speedcubing Women
1. Dana Yi (USA)
2. Karina Beck (Denmark)
3. Kalina Jakubowska (Poland)

 

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