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Watch this teen destroy the Rubik's Cube world record

Fourteen-year-old Lucas Etter used his blazing-fast hands to set the 3x3 Rubik's Cube world record in 4.9 seconds, beating the previous record set just seven months ago.

We were impressed when we saw teenager Collin Burns solve a 3x3 Rubik's Cube in a World Record 5.253 seconds back in April, but Collin's record didn't last long.

At the River Hill Fall 2015 competition on Saturday, 14-year-old speedster Lucas Etter not only beat Collin's record-setting time, he bested it by a whopping 0.35 seconds. Etter solved a 3x3 Rubik's Cube in just 4.904 seconds, faster than it takes to read this entire sentence out loud (and yes, I did time myself: 7 seconds on the dot).

In these Rubik's Cube competitions, the competitors are given 15 seconds to inspect a computer-scrambled Rubik's Kube before the clock begins. Somehow, Etter was able to use those seconds to determine a way to solve the puzzle in under 5 seconds for the first time.

The World Cube Association told TIME that they are still in the process of verifying the record, but given the video evidence showing the feat being accomplished, Etter's record will likely hold up.

Interestingly, FiveThirtyEight notes that Keaton Ellis first broke Collin Burns' record with a run of 5.09 seconds earlier in the competition, but Ellis's new record was quickly beaten by Etter.

You can watch Etter's record-breaking speed run, and the ensuing elation from him and his fellow Cubers, in the video above. The excitement you see is what's helped make the Rubik's cube one of the best-selling and most-influential toys of all time since its introduction in the mid 1970s.