Germany’s Philipp Weyer wins European crown with average solve time of 7.88 seconds.
In Prague, Czech Republic, Europe’s fastest ‘speedcubers’ congregated for the European Rubik’s Cube Championship.
In a sports hall in Radotín, south-west Prague, Philipp Weyer of Germany won the European crown for the 3 x 3 cube with an average solve time of 7.88 seconds on Sunday 18 July. The new European Champion took home the gold medal, a range of Rubik’s prizes and a cash prize of €1,000. The fastest single solve of the competition was performed by Mats Valk of the Netherlands, who managed to complete the iconic puzzle in a European record 5.13 seconds.
The UK performed particularly well in the 5x5 Cube category, in which England’s Robert Yau and Scotland’s Breandan Vallance finished second and third respectively.
The fastest average 3 x 3 solve time was, in fact, attained by two-time World Champion Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who was not eligible to win the European Championship. He averaged 7.07 seconds in the final.
The official top five in the 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube final were as follows: Philipp Weyer (Germany), 7.88 seconds; Mats Valk (Netherlands), 8.06; Dario Roa Sánchez (Spain), 8.25 seconds); Alexandre Carlier (France), 8.88 seconds; Cornelieus Dieckmann (Germany), 8.91 seconds.
Other notable results were:
• Jakub Kipa of Poland won the feet-only competition with an average time of 33.66 seconds
• Oleg Gritsenko of Russia memorised and solved 19 out of 20 cubes blindfolded in a time of 54 minutes and 34 seconds
Feliks Zemdegs broke five world records over the weekend:
• 3 x 3 cube one-handed: average solve time of 10.70 seconds
• 5 x 5 cube: average solve time of 49.32 seconds
• 6 x 6 cube: average solve time of 1 minute 43.21 seconds
• 7 x 7 cube: average solve time of 2 minutes 25.06 seconds
• 7 x 7 cube: single solve time of 2 minutes 20.66 seconds
There were 18 different events at the 2016 European Rubik’s Cube Championship, including:
• 2 x 2 Rubik’s Cube
• 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube
• 4 x 4 Rubik’s Cube
• 5 x 5 Rubik’s Cube
• One-handed 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube
• Blindfolded 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube
• 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube (fewest moves)
• 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube with feet
• 4 x 4 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
• 5 x 5 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
• 3 x 3 Rubik’s Cube multiple blindfolded
There have been seven European Rubik’s Cube Championship competitions, running every other year. In total, 525 people from 43 countries competed in the 2016 European Rubik’s Cube Championship.
To see a full list of results, please go to the official website at https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/Euro2016/
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