Something’s in the name because a wonder kid named Clark Kent, which is Superman’s alterego in case you somehow didn’t know, just smashed a 23-year old record held by Olympic multi-gold medalist Michael Phelps.
At a swim meet in California, 10-year old Clark Kent Apuada lived up to his superhero name and practically flew across the pool. He broke Phelp’s record at the 100-meter butterfly stroke, finishing at an amazing 1:09:38 time. Phelps set the previous record for the under 10’s boy’s category in 1995 at the same championship, coming in at 1:10:48.
Phelps has acknowledged the record smashing pre-teen, tweeting out an encouraging “Big congrats to #clarkkent for smashing that meet record!!! Keep it up dude !!#dreambig“. His tweet has been favorited over 2000 times, with responses congratulating the young boy and expressing excitement over where his future will take him.
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 1, 2018
The fifth grader began swimming at the age of 7. He reportedly idolizes Phelps and has dreamt of beating this record. He trains daily, fully dedicated to his sport. Already, he has expressed a desire to compete in the Olympics, following in the footsteps of Phelps. According to the Huffington Post, ‘Superman’ has a motto and it’s ‘Never give up on your dreams. Never’.
Good job, kid.