Yes, the boy’s name is really Clark Kent…almost.
Clark Kent Apuada, whose friends call him “Superman,” swam the 100-meter butterfly and broke Michael Phelps record of 1:10:48, which was set 23 years ago in 1995.
Love this story: a 10-yr old Salinas boy just swam the 100-meter butterfly in 1:09:38 – more than a second faster than 28-medal #Olympian Michael Phelps swam in the same race in 1995. His name: Clark Kent Apuada. https://t.co/Hhg2I9GI5g pic.twitter.com/j8HPmq8KVm
— 'Abbey' (@DaveRhody) August 1, 2018
According to CNN, Clark set the new record at exactly the same championship that Phelps did, too: the Far Western Long Course Championship in California. Clark has only been swimming for four years.
I was so motivated. I was so happy and relieved that I was able to beat that record.
Pretty Impressive young Clark Kent Apuada. https://t.co/gRt9ZwN342
— Donna Swain (@DonnaGSwain) August 1, 2018
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 1, 2018
Clark’s family says he lives up to his “super” name very well.
His father, Chris Apuada, said:
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.
Phelps competed in his first Olympics at just five years older than Clark and went on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. Will Clark surpass that record, too?
— K.W. Hansen (@kwhansen223) August 1, 2018
Hey @MichaelPhelps – what do you think of 10 year old Clark Kent Apuada?
— Jamie Yuccas (@jamieyuccas) August 1, 2018
When asked how he kept his determination Clark said:
Dream big and always focus on your dreams and have fun.
From the mouths of babes, folks. Let’s make Superman proud.