'Superhero' 10-year-old breaks long-standing Michael Phelps record

Clark Kent Apuada shows his medals. Courtesy of Salinas Aquatic Center MCAT

Clark Kent Apuada shows his medals. Courtesy of Salinas Aquatic Center MCAT

Apuada is faster than Michael Phelps was at the same age.

Clark Kent Apuada - his friends call him "Superman" - recently broke a record at the Far West International Championship that Phelps set in 1995.

To defeat a legendary swimmer such as Michael Phelps, whose many records are almost impossible to outdo, it would take a superhero like Aquaman - or even Clark Kent.

Clark Kent Apuda may only be 10 years old, but he is making worldwide headlines for beating one of Michael Phelps's longest standing swimming records earlier this week.

That's over a second faster than the 100 metre butterfly record Phelps set at the same championship in 1995 when he was the same age.

"It's the coolest thing in the world because that's all he talked about", said Travis Rianda, who is Apuada's swim coach.

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Apuada said that his ultimate goal is to swim at the Olympics.

"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.

"We're always just telling people his name is Clark", Cynthia said.

'I deal with it really well, I just have to balance, ' he told CNN.

It's never too early to dream as the 10-year old has already set his sights for the Olympic Games, hoping to be one of the best someday. He ended up winning gold medals in every event he competed in at the meet, much like Phelps did at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Clark told CNN, "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". Fair play to the little LAD.

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