World Rubik's Cube Championships 2015 - Review of the event
Over the weekend of 17-19 July in São Paulo, Brazil, the global Speedcubing elite congregated for the Rubik’s Cube World Championship – 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 from AUSTRALIA was retained his crown with an average time of 7.56 SECONDS. The fastest Single Solve of the competition was 5.60 SECONDS, achieved by FELIKS ZEMDEGS of AUSTRALIA.
As ever, the event was incredibly tight and FELIKS ZEMDEGS won by a margin of 1 second, narrowly beating MATS VALK of THE NETHERLANDS who finished with an average time of 8.56 seconds.
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 are 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
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.
São Paulo 2015 Australia – Feliks Zemdegs 7.56
Las Vegas 2013 Australia – Feliks Zemdegs 8.18
Bangkok 2011 Poland - Michał Pleskowicz 8.65
Dusseldorf 2009 UK – Breandan Vallance 10.74
Budapest 2007 Japan - Yu Nakajima 12.46
Orlando 2005 France – Jean Pons 15.10
Toronto 2005 USA –Dan Knights 20.00
Budapest 1982 USA – Minh Thai 22.95
In total, over 423 people from 41 countries competed in the Rubik’s Cube World Championship.