A 10-year-old boy with a superhero name has broken the fastest swimming record, previously held by Olympic champion, Michael Phelps, for 23 years.
Clark Kent Apuada, a swimmer for the Monterey County Aquatic Team, competed at the Far West International Championship in California last weekend, where he won the 100-meter butterfly in a little over one minute—1:09:38 to be exact.
With a Superman namesake, Clark tapped into his super powers and came out more than a second better than the 100-meter butterfly record that Michael Phelps set at the championship in 1995. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10-year-old Clark Kent Apuada just broke Michael Phelps' record in the 100-meter butterfly, which he set in 1993, when he was around the same age as Apuada. https://t.co/hsExi5Rhke
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Yet, what’s even more notable, is that the record-breaking child has only been swimming competitively for four years.
However, swimming isn’t the only activity Clark is involved in.”He does piano lessons, he does martial arts, and at school, if there’s a computer class, coding, or STEM programs he’s always joining,” his father, Chris Apuada, said.
At a young age, Clark has learned to multi-task and tells CNN: “I deal with it really well, I just have to balance.”
“I love swimming because I have a lot of people supporting me and my coaches are always there for me and my parents are always there,” Clark continued. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Defeating a professional swimmer with 28 Olympic medals is quite the accomplishment. Yet, Clark believes it’s a matter of determination.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Watch out Phelps, there’s another fish in the sea.