Melbourne, July 14 : A Dutch teen has entered the record books for solving the Rubik's Cube in 7.08 seconds at the Czech Open.
Erik Akkersdijk, 18, broke his own record of 9.77 seconds - set during the Dutch Open in 2007.
But that record had been beaten by Edouard Chambon 9.18 seconds at the Murcia Open 2008 and then Japan's Yu Nakajima 8.72 seconds the Kashiwa Open 2008.
Jasmine Lee, who solved the Rubik's Cube in 20.37 seconds at the UK Open in 2006 said that Akkersdijk's new mark would be hard for anyone to beat.
"That new record is pretty amazing - over 1.5 seconds faster than the previous record. That's a big margin at the top levels of competitive cubing," The Australian quoted her as saying.
In competitive cubing, each cube is rotated by officials into a random configuration unveiled to the solver when the clock starts.