Meet the 25-year-old from Chennai who just lately bought his third Guinness World Record title. This time, for solving six Rubik’s cubes underwater, in a single breath
“The first one was in 2016, when I solved 700 Rubik’s cubes in six hours 19 minutes, while cycling continuously. The previous record holder had managed to solve 111,” says Illayaram on telephone. The different file consists of “Most number of People solving Rubik’s Cube”, for which he skilled 3,997 college students of Kaligi Ranganathan Montford Schools, Chennai. Incidentally, he’s a full-time dice coach at this establishment, maybe the just one to have such a session as half of its curriculum. While the underwater feat was one of the most difficult, Illayaram says, coaching college students was simply as robust. “As an individual, you know how much effort to put in and what exactly to do but when you make someone do it, it’s not the same. It took me two years to train them,” he says.
The fascination with the dice began in 2013 when Illayaram was in school. “Once I solved my first cube, I was encouraged and watched a lot of videos on YouTube to learn more skills,” he says. He recollects taking part in his first-ever dice solving competitors in school, the place he was eradicated in the first spherical. He determined to show issues round the subsequent 12 months and ended up the winner. “I solved it in nine seconds and the person who finished second took three-and-a- half minutes to solve it,” he laughs.
Preparation is vital, he says, including that even now there may be a lot to be taught. Illayaram can be consistently considering of new methods to problem himself. When he began making ready for the underwater file, a two-and-a-half-feet hermetic water tank was constructed for him to practise in. “At first I could only hold my breath for 10 seconds. Eventually, the duration increased. If you are not doing anything else, it is possible to hold your breath for longer but here I had to solve the cube as well. The pressure of the water was not allowing me to work as fast as I normally do. Sometimes it would take me as long as 18 seconds to solve it underwater,” he says.
In the meantime, the serial file seeker has additionally submitted one other proof to Guinness World Records, for the most number of cubes solved whereas hanging the wrong way up: 72 in 26 minutes. And he’s at the moment studying to trip a unicyle for his subsequent file try.