Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fil-Am Clark Kent breaks Michael Phelps' 23-year old record

Fil-Am Clark Kent breaks Michael Phelps' 23-year old record

Clark Kent, the next Michael Phelps?

And the kid just bested one of the longest-standing records of another aqua-inclined superhero, American hero Michael Phelps.

Clark Kent Apuda may only be 10 years old, but he is making global headlines for beating one of Michael Phelps's longest standing swimming records earlier this week. Phelps' record was 1:10:48.

The retired professional swimmer and owner of 28 Olympic medals, was quick to praise Clark on social media for his record-breaking swim, telling him to "keep it up".

"He's on track for all three of those".

When not in the water, Apuada - according to one of his coaches, Dia Rianda, who is also the chief executive officer of Salinas Aquatic Centre - keeps himself busy with various activities such as music and martial arts, as well as scientific and artistic pursuits.

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Despite his enthusiasm, Clark said the load doesn't get too heavy.

"I deal with it really well, I just have to balance", he said.

Though he's only 10 years old, Apuada has already accomplished more in the pool than the Man of Steel ever did (unless we're forgetting a DC Comics issue that took place at a swim meet).

'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.

The elementary school student, who has only been swimming competitively for four years, also won every event.

"Always have fun and never give up on your dreams, no matter what anybody says", he said. Fair play to the little LAD.

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