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New Rubik’s Cube World Record is 4.59 Seconds!

New Rubik’s Cube World Record is 4.59 Seconds!

For many years in Hollywood, the shorthand for conveying genius in film and television was letting the audience see a character effortlessly solve a Rubik’s Cube. Ernő Rubik’s combination puzzle box captured our collective imaginations during the ’80s, and it remains popular to this day, with many vying for the title of fastest Rubik’s Cuber in the land. Now, we’ve got word that a new world record has been set by speedcuber SeungBeom Cho, who also goes by the name Steve. As you can see in the video below, Cho solves the cube in 4.59 seconds!

This video was spotted at Laughing Squid, which reports that Cho accomplished this feat at ChicaGhosts 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Perhaps the most striking thing about this video is how excited the rest of the competitors became once they saw what Cho had done. Almost instantly, the rest of the crowd broke out into an enthusiastic round of applause while offering Cho their congratulations. This is the very definition of a healthy competition.

On the surface, a Rubik’s Cube completion time of 4.59 seconds seems like an unbeatable feat, and it would probably be extremely difficult for even Cho to match that.  And yet, it may not be impossible. As Laughing Squid noted, the previous world record time of 4.69 seconds was set by Patrick Ponce back in September.

Given the increased competition among speedcubers, it seems entirely possible that future world records could continue to shave tenths of a second off of those times. And it’s going to be fun watching that play out in the weeks and months ahead.

What do you think about these record breaking Rubik’s Cube solutions? Assemble your thoughts in the comment section below!

Image: SeungBeom Cho/YouTube

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