Australian fastest in Rubik's cube championship, but European title goes to Germany

Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:32pm EDT
 
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PRAGUE (Reuters) - Germany's Phillip Weyer became the European champion in speedcubing, or solving a Rubik's cube puzzle, in Prague on Sunday, reaching an average time of 7.88 seconds.

Weyer in fact clocked just the second fastest time, behind Australian world champion Feliks Zemdegs, but won the European title because it goes to the best-placed European contender.

Zemdegs, a world-record holder, averaged 7.07 seconds at the Prague event, which attracted over 500 participants.

Weyer said it took years of hard work to get to the top.

"Practice, practice, practice," he said.

"You don't get fast very fast so you have to practice a lot to (get) serious results. That's the only advice I can give."

In the main category of the classic 3x3 cube, each competitor solves the cube five times, the fastest and slowest times are removed and then the average time is taken from the remaining three scores. 

Euro 2016 was the 7th Rubik's Cube European Championship, and had 18 categories - including solving the cube blindfolded or only using the feet.

Some categories - like the blindfold one - require special skills.   Continued...

 
Competitors solve Rubik's cubes as they prepare for the Rubik's Cube European Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny