Done in 6.95 seconds - Rubik's Cube records broken at blockbusting championships

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A series of national records have been broken by quick-fingered - and toed - Rubik's Cube solvers at the UK championships.

Competitors as young as seven tackled the notoriously tricky cubes one-handed, blindfolded and even with their feet in a bid to become the top gamers of the weekend.

Organisers said like all sportspeople, each "speed-cuber" had their own warm-up routines and rituals, like clapping to increase blood flow and running their hands under warm water.

(Rick Findler/PA)
(Rick Findler/PA)

Some 18 events involving speed-solving of 2×2, 4×4, 5×5, 6×6 and 7×7 cubes and extra challenges took place at the annual three-day competition in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, hosted by the UK Cube Association.

Robert Yau regained the UK title of 3×3 Rubik's Cube Champion that he had previously held, with a new best time of 6.95 seconds.

Congrats to the Rubik's U.K. 3×3 winners in the Speedcubing Champs. ????

First: Robert Yau
Second: Alexander Lau
Third: George Scholey pic.twitter.com/NaOkeHwYYP

-- John Adams Toys (@JohnAdams_Toys) October 29, 2017

Callum Hales-Jepp broke a national record for the UK by using his feet to solve the 3×3 cube in 38.9 seconds.

Another UK competitor, Harry Savage, completed the same sized cube with the fewest moves in 26 seconds.

And a one-handed national record was smashed by Ciaran Beahan for Ireland, who took just 13.69 seconds to solve the puzzle.