(CNN) — It’s not very often that Michael Phelps gets knocked off the record board. But a 10-year old swimming phenom with a superhero name has done just that.

His name is Clark Kent Apuada. And of course, they call him “Superman.”

10-Year-Old Swimmer Clark Kent Honored After Beating Michael Phelps’ Record

Over the weekend, Clark competed at the Far West International Championship in California, where he won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:09:38.

That’s more than second better than the 100-meter butterfly record that Phelps set at the championship in 1995.

It had gone unbroken, while Phelps went on to win 28 Olympic medals.

Even more impressive, Clark has only been swimming competitively for four years.

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

Clark’s supernatural abilities aren’t confined to the pool.

“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,” his father, Chris Apuada, said.

Clark says the load doesn’t get too heavy.

“I deal with it really well, I just have to balance,” he 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,” Clark said.

To others trying to discover their own powers, Clark believes it’s a matter of determination.

“Dream big,” he said, “and always focus on your dreams and have fun.”

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Comments (29)
  1. Congrats to this boy, but at age 10 you have no idea what your physical development will be like, its a bit early to think you’ll be the next Phelps but always good to have goals! At age 10 Phelps may have been a scrawny wimp.

  2. Robert Quinn says:

    Phelps gets on my nerves. Good for him !

  3. FAKE NEWS! He broke the record… for that swim event. Phelps still holds the record for the 100meter butterfly at 49.82 set on August 1, 2009 in Rome, Italy. This is horrible reporting…

    1. Ta Swinney says:

      No. Horrible reading. Phelps, at this SAME meet, in 1995, set the then record for the Butterfly, which this child just beat.

      1. Robert Fortuin says:

        sorry I find it confusing too …… they should have clarified. Fake news? maybe not, however certainly not as well written as it should have. Click bait???

  4. Brad Weir says:

    What a dumb effing story. Good for this kid, he obviously is a great swimmer. But the story *reads* as though he beat Phelps’ world record. Which he obviously did not, falling short by almost 20 seconds. He beat Phelps’ time in the same event (age group, etc) from 23 years ago.

  5. Looks like someone’s father paid a press agent. This kid didn’t break Phelp’s world record. The kid beat Phelp’s record from when Phelps was a kid,.

    Then they push “he joins everything” as he excels at everything.

    This whole story is misleading garbage.

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