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Meet the 10-Year-Old Who Just Broke Michael Phelp’s Swimming Record

Even better, his real name is Clark Kent.


A 10-year-old boy named Clark Kent Apuada (real name) broke Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps 100-meter butterfly record this week. Okay, it was Michael Phelps’ record for that age group, but it’s still a huge accomplishment, especially considering that Apuada has only been swimming competitively for four years. According to his coach, though, the boy just has a strange gift.

“This kid is unlike any other young man that I’ve ever coached,” coach Dia Riana told CNN. “He’s always stood out, he’s just, he’s kind of a savant of sorts.”

As Apuada competed in the Far West International Championship this weekend, he swam the 100-meter in just 1:09:38. For some context, when Phelps set the record for that age group, he swam 1:10.48. So Apuada didn’t just break Phelps’ record by a little, he smashed it into pieces. What’s more, Phelps set the record in 1995 and no one has even come close in the 20-plus years since. As would be expected, Phelps wasn’t salty after the news broke but rather supportive. He tweeted his congratulations with the hashtags #clarkkent and #dreambig.

The 10-year-old isn’t just killing it in the pool, either. His nickname is Superman (makes sense) and in addition to swimming, he keeps busy playing the piano, doing martial arts, and programming computers. In fact, according to his coach, he’s always worked to be a Renaissance man. “It wasn’t like, I wanna be better than Micheal Phelps or anything like that,” his coach told CBS Evening News. “His first goals were, ‘I wanna be a scientist, an Olympic gold medalist for the United States, and I wanna be a black belt.’ He’s on track for all three of those things.”