# Lucas Etter solved the Cube in 4.90 seconds

### Update 2016: This record was broken by Mats Valk (4.74 sec)

Breaking News!

The official WCA Rubik's Cube Single World record was broken on the River Hill Fall 2015 competition which was held in Clarksville, Maryland (USA) on the 21st of November 2015. Keaton Ellis broke the World Record of Collin Burns (5.25) first, with an amazing 5.09 result but since Lucas Etter beat this time at the same competition on the same day, this one never counted as a record. The World Cube Association regulation says: 9i2) All the results of a round are considered to take place on the last calendar date of the round. If a regional record is broken multiple times on the same calendar date, only the best result is recognised as breaking that regional record.

To be more precise, there were 3 WRs in one day. Collin Burns broke his own record with 5.21, but this one turned out to be a misscramble, and he got an extra attempt. After that followed Keaton Ellis with 5.09 and finally Lucas Etter with 4.90. Lucas Etter is now officially the new World Record holder for the Rubik's Cube single with a 4.90 solution time which is the first sub-5 record ever measured with a stackmat timer on an official competition.

This is an incredible day in the speedcubing community because this is the very first sub 5 result which is a remarkable mile stone and it has always been a big question if such a result is even possible.
Usually we have to wait two years for the Rubik's WR to be broken but this time it all happened in a single day which makes this day even more unrealistic.
All the three competitors used the same advanced CFOP method to solve the Rubik's Cube.

It's an interesting fact that this is not the best time recorded by Lucas. He had posted a video on his youtube channel where he managed to solve the cube in 4.30 seconds but unfortunately this one wasn't performed on an official competition. So if you're wondering if it's possible to cut the current record even lower, it has been proven that it is.

## The solution applied

For those who want to analize the solution, we publish the applied method. Press the play button below to see the animation slowed down. Lucas performed more than 40 moves in less than 5 seconds using finger tricks.

The initial scramble: R2 B D2 F2 U2 R D2 L' B L' B D R' F' U B2 F L
The solution:
Z2 - inspection
D' L' R' F R D2' - cross
U2 L' U' L - 1st pair
U' U' U' F' U' F U R U' R' - 2nd pair
Y R U R' - 3rd pair
U' Y U' U' R U R' - 4th pair
U r U r' R U R' U' r U' r' - OLL(CP)

Please read about the Rubik's Cube notation if you don't understand what the letters mean.

Lucas Etter

## Current Official WCA Records

The current record holders, according to Cubecomps, the site where every weekend the newest official records of the fastest speedcubers are published.
WR
Rubik's Cube
single
4.90
Lucas Etter
WR
5x5x5 Cube
average
50.15
WR
5x5x5 Cube
single
46.97
Feliks Zemdegs
WR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
1:43.83
Feliks Zemdegs
SAR
Rubik's Cube
average
8.05
Pedro Henrique da Silva Roque
AfR
4x4x4 Cube
average
50.12
Conor Cronin
SAR
4x4x4 Cube
single
27.63
Pedro Henrique da Silva Roque
ER
5x5x5 Cube
average
59.51
Breandan Vallance
ER
5x5x5 Cube
single
52.21
Breandan Vallance
AfR
Rubik's Cube: Blindfolded
single
1:43.94
Conor Cronin
AfR
mean
2:05.69
Conor Cronin
AfR
Rubik's Cube: With Feet
single
1:53.23
Conor Cronin
AfR
Pyraminx
average
5.98
Conor Cronin
ER
Square-1
average
11.22
Simon Crawford
AfR
Square-1
average
22.60
Conor Cronin
AfR
Skewb
average
5.70
Jesse Tipton
AfR
Skewb
single
2.99
Jesse Tipton
SAR
6x6x6 Cube
single
2:00.67
Pedro Henrique da Silva Roque
AfR
7x7x7 Cube
single
4:47.99
Conor Cronin
AfR
Rubik's Cube: Multiple Blindfolded
single
3/3 13:15.00
Conor Cronin
NR
Rubik's Cube
average
8.45
Ciarán Beahan
NR
Rubik's Cube
average
10.29
Francisco Hamlin
NR
Rubik's Cube
average
11.10
NR
Rubik's Cube
average
13.42
NR
Rubik's Cube
average
22.75
Arturo Ocampos
NR
Rubik's Cube
average
23.12
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
Rubik's Cube
single
5.88
Cornelius Dieckmann
NR
Rubik's Cube
single
6.52
Hunor Bózsing
NR
Rubik's Cube
single
8.47
Robin Tschümperlin
NR
Rubik's Cube
single
9.04
NR
Rubik's Cube
single
17.16
Arturo Ocampos
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
37.16
Luboš Bartík
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
37.78
Armin Soleimani (آرمین سلیمانی)
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
42.27
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
42.61
Francisco Hamlin
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
46.21
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
48.06
Nicolas Tinte
NR
4x4x4 Cube
average
1:30.79
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
4x4x4 Cube
single
31.27
Luboš Bartík
NR
4x4x4 Cube
single
34.51
Facundo Finola
NR
4x4x4 Cube
single
39.90
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
4x4x4 Cube
single
1:23.40
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
5x5x5 Cube
average
1:16.43
Micha Zahnd
NR
5x5x5 Cube
average
1:20.97
NR
5x5x5 Cube
average
1:21.17
Armin Soleimani (آرمین سلیمانی)
NR
5x5x5 Cube
average
1:37.40
Daniel Escobar
NR
5x5x5 Cube
average
3:36.21
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
5x5x5 Cube
single
1:13.06
Armin Soleimani (آرمین سلیمانی)
NR
5x5x5 Cube
single
1:21.99
Facundo Finola
NR
5x5x5 Cube
single
1:33.17
Daniel Escobar
NR
5x5x5 Cube
single
3:18.76
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
2x2x2 Cube
average
2.85
Anton Mozola
NR
2x2x2 Cube
average
4.31
Joaquin Figueredo
NR
2x2x2 Cube
average
4.48
Francisco Alberto Castañeda Lima
NR
2x2x2 Cube
average
6.09
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
2x2x2 Cube
average
6.64
NR
2x2x2 Cube
average
7.90
Arturo Ocampos
NR
2x2x2 Cube
single
0.85
Matěj Mužátko
NR
2x2x2 Cube
single
2.34
Gabriel Barrios
NR
2x2x2 Cube
single
2.74
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
2x2x2 Cube
single
4.71
Arturo Ocampos
NR
2x2x2 Cube
single
4.75
NR
Rubik's Cube: Blindfolded
single
33.03
Diego Bojunga Meneghetti
NR
Rubik's Cube: Blindfolded
single
1:47.17
José Daniel Rodríguez
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
average
12.56
Cornelius Dieckmann
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
average
17.45
Matúš Buffa
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
average
17.78
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
average
20.16
Gabriel Barrios
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
average
25.25
Christian Goñi
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
single
11.58
Robin Tschümperlin
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
single
13.85
Matúš Buffa
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
single
15.83
Gabriel Barrios
NR
Rubik's Cube: One-handed
single
18.28
Christian Goñi
NR
Rubik's Cube: Fewest moves
single
35
NR
Rubik's Cube: Fewest moves
single
36
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
Rubik's Cube: Fewest moves
single
36
Filip Hrnko
NR
Rubik's Cube: With Feet
mean
42.89
Callum Hales-Jepp
NR
Rubik's Cube: With Feet
mean
59.64
Anderson Ortegón Gómez
NR
Rubik's Cube: With Feet
single
48.09
Anderson Ortegón Gómez
NR
Megaminx
average
48.69
Nicolas Naing
NR
Megaminx
average
1:33.65
Daniel Escobar
NR
Megaminx
single
43.80
Lucas Wesche
NR
Megaminx
single
43.92
Nicolas Naing
NR
Megaminx
single
1:23.03
Daniel Escobar
NR
Pyraminx
average
3.56
Brúnó Bereczki
NR
Pyraminx
average
5.45
Mário Dominik Gejdoš
NR
Pyraminx
average
5.86
Gabriel Barrios
NR
Pyraminx
average
21.60
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
Pyraminx
single
2.18
Ciarán Beahan
NR
Pyraminx
single
5.92
Vilius Ribinskas
NR
Pyraminx
single
15.88
Dylan Rene Centeno Chevez
NR
Square-1
average
19.28
Fernando Lomazzi
NR
Square-1
average
20.59
Dennis Rosero
NR
Square-1
average
33.60
Daniel Escobar
NR
Square-1
single
11.30
NR
Square-1
single
14.72
Fernando Lomazzi
NR
Square-1
single
27.64
Richard Henry Figueroa Guitz
NR
Clock
average
8.51
Matěj Mužátko
NR
Clock
average
27.17
Ernestas Stefanovicius
NR
Clock
single
15.82
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
Skewb
average
3.23
Carsten Matheus
NR
Skewb
average
3.98
Ariel Burak
NR
Skewb
average
6.52
Francisco Alberto Castañeda Lima
NR
Skewb
single
2.25
Eli Jay
NR
Skewb
single
3.28
Ciarán Beahan
NR
Skewb
single
3.69
Francisco Alberto Castañeda Lima
NR
Skewb
single
4.15
Christian Goñi
NR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
2:04.77
Luboš Bartík
NR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
2:10.45
Pedro Henrique da Silva Roque
NR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
2:32.25
Micha Zahnd
NR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
2:46.32
NR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
3:23.75
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
6x6x6 Cube
mean
3:32.46
Daniel Escobar
NR
6x6x6 Cube
single
2:01.11
Luboš Bartík
NR
6x6x6 Cube
single
2:22.94
Micha Zahnd
NR
6x6x6 Cube
single
3:21.96
Tomas Jankauskas
NR
6x6x6 Cube
single
3:24.54
Daniel Escobar
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
2:57.00
Ciarán Beahan
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
3:15.37
Sameer Mahmood
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
3:27.67
Luboš Bartík
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
3:56.89
Dene Beardsley
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
4:11.48
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
4:41.33
Francisco Hamlin
NR
7x7x7 Cube
mean
4:59.51
Daniel Escobar
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
2:50.21
Ciarán Beahan
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
3:08.74
Robert Yau
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
3:10.55
Luboš Bartík
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
3:21.02
Michael Röhrer
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
3:46.47
Dene Beardsley
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
4:01.49
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
4:23.66
Francisco Hamlin
NR
7x7x7 Cube
single
4:51.28
Daniel Escobar
NR
4x4x4 Cube: Blindfolded
single
13:24.00
Matěj Mužátko
NR
Rubik's Cube: Multiple Blindfolded
single
12/13 50:38.00
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