Michael Phelps (USA) during the men's 100m butterfly heats

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10-Year-Old Breaks Michael Phelps' Old Swimming Record

His friends call him "Superman" because his real name is Clark Kent Apuada.

August 01, 2018 - 5:45 pm
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Move over Superman - there's a new Clark Kent who's doing the impossible.  

This past weekend, a 10-year-old boy whose real name is Clark Kent Apuada (so his friends call him Superman) destroyed a record set 23 years ago by then-preteen Michael Phelps.

Apuada won the 100-meter butterfly at the Far West International Championship in California with a time of 1:09:38--beating the record of the greatest swimmer in Olymic history by more than a full second. Phelps set the previous record at the same competition in 1995, by more than a second.

"This kid is unlike any other young man that I've ever coached," says Apuada's coach, Dia Riana. "He's always stood out, he's just, he's kind of a savant of sorts."

"I love swimming because I have a lot of people supporting me," Apuada says. "And my coaches are always there for me and my parents are always there."

The fifth-grader who is Filipino-American, says breaking Phelps’ record and going to the Olympics have been his goals ever since he started swimming competitively at 7 years old.