Andrew Kang won the US Nationals and Open 2008 with an average of 12.97 seconds. Ravi Fernando finished second (13.58) and Jason Baum finished third (13.73).
World records: Dan Cohen 5x5 1:20.98 (single) 1:29.40 (average).
North American records: Andrew Kang Rubik's Cube 11.89 (average), Rowe Hessler Rubik's Cube 9.13 (single), Jack Moseley Rubik's Cube fewest moves 31, Mike Hughey Rubik's Cube multiple blindfolded 15/15 in 2:12.00, Dan Cohen Megaminx 1:27.34 (single) 1:38.55 (average).
Pedro Santos Guimarães won the Minas Open 2008 with an average of 15.65 seconds. Carlos Alberto de Alcântara Jr finished second (18.85) and Renan Mondini Cerpe finished third (19.86).
South American records: Pedro Santos Guimarães Rubik's Cube 14.56 (average), 4x4 1:25.81 (average), 5x5 2:29.25 (single) 2:42.73 (average), Rubik's Cube blindfolded 1:23.05, Rubik's Cube one-handed 20.61 (single) 25.44 (average), Megaminx 1:49.63 (single) 2:02.01 (average), Square-1 54.35 (average), Rubik's Cube multiple blindfolded 2/3 in 13:27, Leonardo Tambellini Rubik's Cube fewest moves 36.
Erik Akkersdijk won the Czech Open 2008 with an average of 11.55 seconds. Jean Pons finished second (11.99) and Rama Temmink finished third (12.28).
World records: Erik Akkersdijk Rubik's Cube 7.08 (single).
European records: Rama Temmink Rubik's Cube one-handed 20.02 (average).
Dan Dzoan won the UCSD Summer competition 2008 with an average of 15.07 seconds. Ron van Bruchem finished second (15.24) and Leyan Lo finished third (16.65).
North American records: Nick Young Square-1 16.59 (single) 23.55 (average).
Asian records: Takao Hashimoto Square-1 25.92 (average).
Benjamin Sintes won the Italian Open 2008 with an average of 15.94 seconds. Lorenzo Vigani Poli finished second (17.40) and Lars Vandenbergh finished third (17.60).
South American records: Rafael Werneck Cinoto 2x2 5.25 (single), Magic 1.93 (single) 2.05 (average).
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