A talented 10-year-old Filipino-American swimmer with a superhero name has just broken a 23-year old record previously held by famed U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps.
Clark Kent Apuada, who has been aptly-nicknamed “Superman,” destroyed one of Phelps’ oldest swimming records on Sunday after competing in the 10-and-under age group of the Far West International Championship in California.
Swimming for the Monterey County Aquatic Team, the young phenom clocked in at 1:09:38 in the 100-meter freestyle, which is impressively over a second faster than the 1:10.48 set by the retired swimming legend in 1995.
The elementary school student, who has only been swimming competitively for four years, also won every event.
“I placed first in all of them. Yea. And that gave me the high point award,” Apuada said.
“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 told CNN in an interview.
Clark also noted that determination played a huge role in his success. “Dream big and always focus on your dreams and have fun,” he was quoted as saying.
Chris Apuada, Clark’s supportive father, revealed that the young athlete also excels in other fields.
“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,” the proud dad said.