That statement is factually wrong though, because the cubing competition happened over a year prior: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/SicilyOpen2018/results/all?event=333bf
At some point we should probably have a thread about how poorly researched articles like this one don’t do the sport(s) any favors. Why are the two competitions mixed together like this?
It’d be nice to have some reference points in the article too… the Italian record (single) is 19.48, the European record is 17.40, and the World record is 15.50 seconds: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/results/rankings/333bf/single?region=world&show=by+region
Also the first 100 people in the rankings all have an average-of-3 more than 10 seconds faster than his time stated in the article: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/results/rankings/333bf/average
The article makes it sound as though the 44 sec avg in 3x3-BLD is somehow on a record level when throwing it together with all the other records related to memory sports.