6-year-old girl breaks the record for solving a Rubik's cube (4 photos + 1 video)

14 December 2023

6-year-old Chinese Cao Qixian set a new world record: she was the first woman to solve a Rubik's cube in 5.97 seconds. The girl set a record at the World Cube Association Rubik's Cube International Open in Singapore.

6-year-old Cao Qixian, a native of Jiangsu Province, China, began playing with the Rubik's cube when she was just three years old. She was inspired by her cousin, who taught the girl how to solve a cube quickly. About a year later, the girl was so successful in this matter that her parents hired her a speedcubing coach (high-speed assembly of the Rubik's cube). Cao trained for two to three hours every day, and her results kept getting better.

Soon there came a point in Cao's practice when she almost gave up, but her whole family helped her:

"She was stuck at 12 seconds when she tried for three months to improve to 10 seconds. She trained hard, but made no progress and almost gave up," recalls the girl's mother, Cao Qian.

The whole family helped the girl, and she began to make progress and participate in adult competitions. This is how she made it to the World Cube Association (WCA) Rubik's Cube International Open, which was recently held in Singapore. There, Cao solved the cube in 5.97 seconds, and became the first woman to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube in less than 6 seconds in the intermediate category.

“We never thought that our daughter would break the world record so soon. After returning home, we thought for some time that all this was happening in a dream,” says the girl’s mother.

Cao is not going to stop there: now she intends to break another women's single record, which currently stands at 4.44 seconds. In the Single category, each participant is given one attempt.

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