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MATS VALK (born 4 May 1996) is a Dutch Rubik\'s Cube speedsolver . He broke the Rubik's cube single solve world record twice with times of 5.55 seconds in 2013 and 4.74 seconds in 2016. He was runner-up for 3x3x3 at the Rubik's cube world championships in 2013 and 2015. Valk is currently ranked 5th in the world for 3x3x3 average, and has been ranked as high as 2nd.

Mats Valk
Mats Valk
MEDAL RECORD

REPRESENTING NETHERLANDS

SPEEDCUBING

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2015, São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
3x3

2013, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
3x3

2013, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
4x4

2011, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
4x4

2013, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
2x2

2017, Paris, France
Paris, France
3x3 FMC

2011, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Square-1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

2016, Prague, Czech Republic 3x3

2012, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
3x3

2016, Prague, Czech Republic 4x4

2014, Roskilde, Danmark 4x4

2012, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
4x4

2010, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
3x3 OH

2014, Roskilde, Danmark 6x6

2012, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
2x2

2010, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
2x2

2012, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Square-1

2010, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
Square-1

CONTENTS

* 1 Biography * 2 The Valk * 3 Records * 4 Media appearances * 5 External links * 6 References

BIOGRAPHY

Mats Valk
Mats Valk
is most famous for breaking the Rubik\'s cube world record twice and being the runner-up at both the Rubik's cube world championships of 2013 and 2015. He first broke the world record with a time of 5.55 seconds at the Zonhoven open 2013 in Belgium on 3 March 2013. This record stood for over 2 years. He later broke the world record again with a time of 4.74 seconds at the Jawa Timur open 2016 in Indonesia on 6 November 2016. In December of 2016, Valk looked on as Feliks Zemdegs
Feliks Zemdegs
overtook his world record by just 0.01 seconds. Valk's 4.74 solve is currently the 3rd fastest official single, behind Zemdegs and current record holder Patrick Ponce (4.69 ).

Valk has also set three 4x4x4 world records, two for single solve and one for average of 5. His second single world record, 26.77 seconds on 15 April 2012, was the first official 4x4x4 solve under 30 seconds. Altogether, Valk has broken 5 WCA world records, 17 European records, and 94 Dutch national records. Valk also currently holds the world record for solving the most Rubik's cubes in 1 hour, 374 cubes, set in Paris on 21 October 2015.

Valk is also known as a creator of the VLS (Valk Last Slot) 3x3x3 algorithm set, which correctly orients the last layer while inserting the last corner-edge pair of the first two layers. Valk used one of these algorithms as to complete the cube in his 2016 3x3x3 world record.

Valk typically solves the 3x3x3 beginning with the green or blue face, unlike most speedcubers. This may be a result of his being colorblind.

Valk was born and raised in Amstelveen
Amstelveen
, the Netherlands
Netherlands
, a suburb of the Dutch capital Amsterdam
Amsterdam
. Mats is in his last year of his bachelor's degree Business Analytics at the Free University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam
. In 2016, he was on a semester exchange at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
Singapore
.

THE VALK

Valk is also a businessman: he collaborated with the Chinese brand QiYi MoFangGe to set up his own brand, The Valk, creating cubes according to his own specifications. The design of the mechanism and the performance of the cube has to be approved by Mats Valk