Eight-Year-Old Sets Guinness World Record For Solving Three Rubik's Cubes Simultaneously

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Atharva R Bhat established a new world record for solving three Rubik's Cubes simultaneously (Credit: Guinness World Records)

With just one correct answer out of 43 quintillion possible combinations, it is not surprising that most people spend days, if not months, trying to solve the Rubik's Cube. However, don't tell that to speedcuber extraordinaire Atharva R Bhat. The eight-year-old from Bangalore, India, just established a new Guinness World Record (GWR ) by solving three of the 3x3 rotating puzzles simultaneously in an astonishing one minute and 29.97 seconds.

Prior to this, the record was held by Chinese teenager Jianyu Que, who completed the same feat in one minute and 36.39 seconds in 2018, or six seconds longer than it took Atharva.

Atharva, who has always loved puzzles, became inspired to take up speedcubing in 2017 after meeting Krishnam Raju Gadiraju, a multiple speedcubing GRW holder at the World Cube Association (WCA) competition in Bangalore. "My dream to be like him started there," he says.

Atharva beat the previous world-record holder in the event by 6 seconds (Credit: Guinness World Records)

The young boy began training in earnest in early 2020 after his school went online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to spending a copious number of hours solving the 3x3 cubes, he also spent time meditating and visualizing the GWR attempt and winning the title. Atharva says, "The training was never difficult because I enjoyed solving the puzzles with both hands and feet. I believe loving what you do makes training or working towards achieving your goals easier. My parents were always supportive. My sister and grandparents would cheer me at my practice, and I enjoyed."

The eight-year-old, whose record was validated by GWR officials on March 15, 2021, hopes his achievement will inspire other kids to take up cubing. Atharva, meanwhile, is already working toward reaching his next goal — completing the three-cube challenge in less than a minute. He also plans on pursuing other speedcubing GWR titles.

Resources: ww.guinnessworldrecords.com

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382 Comments
  • eagle_fan11
    eagle_fan11Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10:15 am
    WOW!!!
    • imwiththegforce
      imwiththegforceMonday, April 12, 2021 at 9:34 am
      nice job! I wonder if they will do this for a living. Do they even get paid??
      • mememaster1
        mememaster1Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:47 am
        cool beans
        • mememaster1
          mememaster1Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:46 am
          this kid is good
          • i_am_groot
            i_am_grootMonday, April 12, 2021 at 6:39 am
            WOW this kid is good he is solving it with his feet HOW!!??!
            • howls
              howlsSaturday, April 10, 2021 at 6:38 pm
              I can do a Rubik's cube in 45 seconds but I'm not that good wow good job
              • winboidogo
                winboidogoThursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:37 pm
                HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?! I COULD NEVER BEAT IT!
                • hikiddy
                  hikiddyThursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:59 am
                  omg gosh that is so cool
                  • meowscools
                    meowscoolsThursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:46 am
                    my g is epic im toatlly writing about this dude for shool project
                    • firebuyer
                      firebuyerSaturday, April 10, 2021 at 5:25 pm
                      What.your are still talking about school on spring brea!k.#why
                    • ravenclaw_house
                      ravenclaw_houseThursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:06 am
                      I can’t solve one and he solved three at once and one with his feet and it is insane
                      • meowscools
                        meowscoolsThursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:44 am
                        I know right