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Solving Rubik?s cube in just 11.13 seconds!

A 20-year-old California Institute of Technology student set a new world's record on Saturday for solving the popular Rubik?s Cube puzzle, turning the tiled brain-twister from scrambled to solved in 11.13 seconds.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 10:52 IST

A 20-year-old California Institute of Technology student set a new world's record on Saturday for solving the popular Rubik’s Cube puzzle, turning the tiled brain-twister from scrambled to solved in 11.13 seconds.

Leyan Lo is part of Caltech's Rubik's Cube Club, a brainy clutch of students that hosted the competition at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. Lo's record-setting time came early in the day, among his first five tries in the preliminary rounds.

The record-setting solve caught competitors and Lo himself by surprise. His time of 11.13 seconds broke the previous record of 11.75 seconds, set by Frenchman Jean Pons at the Dutch Open competition last year.

Still, the world record alone wouldn't gain Lo the overall champion's title at the event, which is determined by averaging three of five solution times in the final round.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 10:52 IST