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Meet the magician who can solve a Rubik’s Cube puzzle faster than you can tie your shoelaces. Australia’s Feliks Zemdegs has been crowned the Rubik’s Cube World Champion after beating more than 550 competitors to the title in Las Vegas.

The fast-fingered 17-year-old left his competitors in the shade, completing his fastest single solve in just 7.36 seconds.

He triumphed after recording a fastest average time of 8.18 seconds for solving the classic 3×3 Rubik’s Cube, also taking top spot in the 4×4 and the one handed 3×3 competitions. Zemdegs scooped £3,000 in prize money and was also awarded a selection of Rubik’s Cube prizes. World record holder Mats Valk of the Netherlands, with a single solve time of 5.55 seconds in March, came a close second with an average time of 8.65 seconds.