Clark Kent Apuda may only be 10 years old, but he is making international headlines for beating one of Michael Phelps’s longest standing swimming records earlier this week.
In 1995, Phelps – who is one of the “most successful and decorated Olympians of all time” – completed the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:10:48. Clark just beat that time at 1:09:38.
He didn’t just beat Phelps, either – he won the race a full five seconds ahead of the competition and placed first in every event at the Far Western International Championship, which was held at the Salinas Aquatic Center at Salinas, California.
“And that 100 fly, he broke that record by a second, which is a lot in swimming. But not only that, he beat his competition by over 5 seconds,” Salinas Aquatic Center CEO Dia Rianda told KOLR.
Clark, whose friends call him “Superman” says that he has been trying to beat Phelps’s record since he started swimming competitively at 7 years old.
One day, he hopes to compete in the Olympics.
His advice for other kids? “Always have fun and never give up on your dreams, no matter what anybody says.