## Update: this record has been broken!

**Yiheng Wang (王艺衡) set a new Rubik's Cube average world record with 4.48 seconds, breaking the previous record he set in March at 4.69 seconds. The 9-year-old Chinese speedcuber broke the record on the Mofunland Cruise Open 2023 competition, held on a cruise ship, departing from Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.**

## Rubik's Cube Single vs. Average Records

In official cubing competitions each competitor is given 5 scrambles. From the solution times, they drop the fastest and slowest and they calculate the average of the remaining 3 times. This means that Yiheng Wang didn't just make a lucky solve, instead he set the average record.

The current fastest single solve was set just 2 weeks ago by Max Park (3.13 seconds). Max's best average reult is 4.86 seconds which makes him rank second in this category.

*Max Park breaking the "single" world record just 2 weeks before.*

## The Solutions

In the record breaking round Yiheng registered the following times 4.72, 4.72, 3.99, 3.95, and 5.99.

This was the first time someone managed to accomplish two sub-4 times in 5 consecutive solves. In 2016 a Feliks Zemdegs was the first to reach a **sub-5** result in an official competition and in 2018 Yusheng Du was the first to do the first **sub-4**. And now Yiheng Wang makes two sub-4's and two sub-5's in 5 consecutive solves which is truly amazing.

In total, there have been only 14 sub-4 solves recorded by WCA, Yiheng being responsible for 5 of them.

### The Scrambles

**4.72**(45 turns) – R2' D' R2 D2 R2 L2 D' L' B' D2 F' D U2 B' R U' F B2**4.72**(61) – B2' L2 D2 R2 B2 U L2 U R' D U2 R B2 R2 D2 F D U' R F'**3.99**(49) – U L2' B2 L2 D' R2 U' L2 B' L' F' U R D R2 B' R2 U F U'**3.95 (best)**(48) – U2' F2 U F2 U2 R2 D2 U' L2 F D' B2 D R B U2 B2 D' R' U**5.99 (worst)**(61) – F2' D L2 B2 U2 R2 D R2 B2 D2 F' R B2 D2 L' D2 L U R' U2

Yiheng used the CFOP method and the "GAN12 Maglev" speedcube to accomplish this result.

## Other Records

Yiheng's WCA profile was registered in 2019 when he was 5 years old. Looking at his statistics we can notice that besides the 3×3×3 cube he holds the continental and national record for the 2×2×2 cube as well.

*Yiheng Wang's WCA statistics*

Despite his young age he currently has 20 gold medals and he broke the world record twice.