21-Year Old Max Park Sets A New World Record As He Solves The 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube at 3.3 Seconds, Fastest Time Ever.

vincity June 15, 2023
Updated 2023/06/15 at 9:22 PM

Speedcubing legend and Guinness World Records Hall of Famer Max Park, a 21-year-old California native, was declared the new world record holder after solving a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in a matter of 3.13 seconds, surpassing former champ Yusheng Du’s time of 3.47 seconds.

Park’s landmark achievement came on June 11 at Pride in Long Beach, a competition overseen by the World Cube Association, where some of the best in the cubing world come toe-to-toe to solve all kinds of Rubik’s puzzles.

The 21-year-old achieved an astonishing time of 3.13 seconds, shaving 0.34 seconds off the previous record, which was set by China’s Yusheng Du in 2018.

While the 3-second solve is already a mind-boggling feat to the average observer, it is far from the first record the speedcubing master has smashed. 

Max Park is a long-standing member of the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame, currently holding multiple cubing-related titles. Beyond his latest achievement, Park has been recognized for solving the 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 cubes in record time, finishing the latter in a matter of 1 minute and 35 seconds.

Max holds a multitude of other speedcubing records – in fact, he holds nearly all of them.

He holds both the single solve and average solve world records for the 4x4x4 cube, 5x5x5 cube, 6x6x6 cube, and 7x7x7 cube.

He had also jointly held the 3x3x3 average record along with Tymon Kolasiński (Poland) with a time of 4.86 seconds, until it was broken on 12 March 2023 by 9-year-old Yiheng Wang (China), who achieved a time of 4.69 seconds. With this latest shake-up to the speedcubing world, we edge ever closer to seeing a sub-three-second record being set. Will Max be the one to finally do it?

Max is no stranger to setting seemingly impossible records. When he set the 7x7x7 single record with a time of 1 minute 40 seconds, cubing veteran Erik Akkersdijk described it as the most impressive thing he’d ever seen.

“The record will likely stand for some time,” Erik said. He was wrong though – Max went on to smash it in 2022 with a time of 1 minute 35 seconds. 

Diagnosed with autism, Max serves as an inspiration for many people who are on the spectrum, as well as many who aren’t.

Max’s parents, Schwan and Miki, said that cubing has been “a good therapy” for Max.

“There was a time when Max couldn’t even open water bottles, but he showed interest in solving Rubik’s Cubes,” they said.

Max has come a long way since then, and he’s now an official ambassador for Rubik’s.

He has become a prominent figure in the cubing community, and over the years he has formed a close friendship with fellow speedcubing legend Feliks Zemdegs. The pair featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary The Speed Cubers.

Following his motto of “don’t think, just solve,” it’s only a matter of time before Max sets his next world record, and we can’t wait to see it.

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