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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  • cupcakedog
    cupcakedogWednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12:41 pm
    My friend Zachary solved a Rubik's cube in almost the same time as the boy.
    • jeremy0828
      jeremy0828Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4:39 am
      Looks easy.
      • hammer7498
        hammer7498Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8:06 pm
        WOW
        • isaiahhackerman
          isaiahhackermanTuesday, June 8, 2021 at 9:44 am
          It takes days for me
          • therubikscuber
            therubikscuberTuesday, June 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm
            I can solve a single rubiks cube in a record of 35 seconds but man this guy is just on a whole new level
            • tigersblood848
              tigersblood848Friday, June 4, 2021 at 8:18 pm
              Cool! That is awesome!!!!!!!!
            • ajyao
              ajyaoTuesday, June 1, 2021 at 12:31 pm
              WOW
              • samantha124
                samantha124Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 12:14 pm
                Crazy
                • gacha_life_fan
                  gacha_life_fanMonday, May 31, 2021 at 11:15 am
                  It was really cool to use his feet!😲😲😲😲
                  • gacha_life_fan
                    gacha_life_fanMonday, May 31, 2021 at 11:11 am
                    Wow! That is incredible!! I can't solve a rubric cube in 1 minute and 29 seconds! Hope you can follow me if you agree if, you don't it's ok! I just hope we can be friends 😁😊😀!
                    • amcunlty
                      amcunltyFriday, May 28, 2021 at 6:53 am
                      its imposble