Ont. teen nails one-handed Rubik's cube record
Antoine Cantin, of Clarence-Rockland, now hold the World Record for solving the Rubik's Cube one-handed. Antoine obtained the record breaking time of 12.56 seconds at April 26's Toronto Open Spring 2014 competition this past weekend. (submitted photo)
OTTAWA -- Antoine Cantin can make you feel inferior in about 13 seconds.
The 15-year-old Clarence-Rockland, Ont., teen set a new world record for solving the Rubik's cube one-handed.
Cantin, representing Le Cube de Cube L'Escale, completed the feat in 12.56 seconds at the Toronto Open Spring 2014 competition on the weekend.
The speedcubing record tallied the average of five scrambles Cantin had to solve during that round.
The fastest and slowest times were ignored, while the remaining three resulted in his official time of 12.56 seconds.
His single fastest time in that round was 10.63 seconds.
"It's definitely a lot of practice, and researching new techniques and a lot of self-criticism, finding your weaknesses and trying to improve them," said Cantin, who has been cubing for nearly five years and comes by his talent honestly.
His brother, Andre, co-founded the local club.
Overall, Eric Limeback of Fergus, Ont., won the competition with an average of 9.76 seconds.
Cantin placed second (9.84) and Thompson Clarke finished third (10.20).
Cantin, who says he's broken his own record at home "many times," will now look ahead to the regional championship hosted in Rockland on May 17, and the U.S. Nationals in New Jersey in July.
"I am hoping to break my own record again, but I'm not expecting it," Cantin said. "There's a lot of pressure to win, to beat records, and with all the added stress of people wanting you to break the record, I'd say my chances are about the same as they were (last weekend.)"