An average human being can hold the breath for around 30 seconds in the water, and even with physical and mental training for underwater swimming, a person can hold the breath for barely 2 minutes. And it becomes extremely difficult for humans to perform any other activities in the water. But a man from Chennai has passed over all the barriers by creating a world record to solve Rubik's cubes underwater.

According to Guinness World Records, a 25-years-old man from Chennai, named Illayaram Sekar, undertook the task to solve Rubik's cubes underwater and executed it. Currently, he has earned a recent Guinness World Records certificate by figuring out six Rubik's cubes underwater in one breath. Illayaram Sekar took 2 minutes and 17 seconds to solve the six cubes underwater. This entire act was successfully performed on August 1st 2020. It was executed inside a watertight transparent container, with a few filming devices to take hold of each and every angle of the cubes. Some free observers stood there to examine this record trial. In most cases, it carries a minimum of three months for Guinness to authorize a record and declare openly, but in Sekar’s case, the committee authorized it, almost within six days after the submission.

Illayaram Sekar used his physical strength with the mental capacity to accomplish this record. He practised hard for nearly two years to make this particular record, without learning any swimming skills. To spend continued amounts of time underwater, he learned a specific method of yoga and meditation named ‘Pranayama’, which helps with breathing-techniques. Finishing it in 2 minutes and 17 seconds underwater without breathing breaks, Illayaram Sekar was eligible to win against the earlier record of five Rubik’s cubes solved in 1 minute and 18 seconds, which was attempted by an American named Anthony Brooks, in 2014.

Illayaram Sekar was vastly inspired by Ashrita Furman, a holder of over 200 Guinness World Records titles. Sekar's initial Guinness Records included figuring out cubes while being suspended heads over heels and while driving a bicycle as well. He had instructed 4000 students in his school for an assembly cubing event, which was acknowledged by the Guinness records.
Sekar looks forward to breaking more and more records in the future. He has started learning unicycle, which is the additional largest type in cubing, and he plans to do it next year. The current record-holder is an American, named Caleb McEvoy, for 250 Rubik’s cubes figured out on a unicycle. Moreover, he plans to break one-handed underwater records and Pyraminx cube records. The Pyraminx cube record is currently in the name of another Indian, Chinmay Prabhu with the score of 9 Pyraminx solved underwater.

The Guinness World Records also shared his act on Facebook, with a video. Sekar's achievement has impressed numerous people, amassing thousands of likes and comments on Facebook. Sekar believes that this specific record was a huge turning point in his career. He personally thinks that the underwater type is vastly hard to perform and that’s why he chose to do it first. And now he feels stronger and hopeful to make more records.