Kid Solves Rubik's Cube In Under Five Seconds, Sets New Record

15-year-old Patrick Ponce has set a new 3x3 Rubik’s Cube world record at 4.69 seconds. 

The previous best was 4.73, held by Feliks Zemdeg, who set several records at this year’s World Championship.

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Ponce’s other record placings include 11th in the world at 4x4x4 cubes and 10th at 5x5x5. At the Rally In The Valley 2017, the event where Ponce set the new world record, he also took home first place in 4x4x4 at 24.97 seconds.

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DISCUSSION

A couple of questions. Are the cubes shuffled in a random way, and no matter how they start, can they be solved in the same amount of moves?

I ask because in other competitions, like throwing an object, people start at the same point and use objects of the same size and weight, so just distance is perfectly comparable, so is speed enough of a measure here?