He set Rubik's Cube records -- without looking

Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 15:20:05-05

MASON, Ohio -- Think solving a Rubik's Cube is hard? Try doing it blindfolded -- in less than 30 seconds.

Mason High School junior Sreeram Venkatarao set a new U.S. and North American record Saturday for solving a 3x3 Rubik's Cube blindfolded at the Dixon Winter 2016 Rubik's Cube competition held in Dixon, Illinois.

Venkatarao has been doing Rubik's Cube puzzles for eight years and practicing blindfolded for seven. He tries to do the puzzle 20 times a day.

In a blindfolded event, competitors can look at the puzzle before putting on a blindfold to solve it -- but the time they spend looking is counted against their total.

Venkatarao got three tries, solving the puzzle in 25.84 seconds, 25.19 seconds and 29.16 seconds.

His time of 25.19 seconds makes him first in North America and seventh in the world for a single successful attempt.

Watch it here:

Because he was able to complete the puzzle in all three tries with an average time of 26.73, Venkatarao also broke the 3x3 Blindfolded Average record in North America. He now ranks fourth in the world in that category.

"I've worked so hard and I've finally gotten to the top," he told Mason High School Chronicle reporter Juliana Discher.

Watch all three attempts here: