SALINAS, CA (NBC News) — A ten year old swimmer has broken one of Michael Phelps’ longest standing records in the pool.
Since he started swimming competitively 3-years ago Clark Kent Apuada, or super man as he’s know to friend and family, had a dream of breaking the record in the 100 meter butterfly.
Last weekend the dream came true when he smashed the record time by a full second, finishing in 1:09:38.
“When I looked at the board getting out of the water like WOW… I beat Michael phelps record,” Clark Kent told NBC affiliate KSBW. “I was really overjoyed that I beat Michael phelps record.”
Phelps record has stood since Phelps was also 10 years old. That was 23 years ago.
On Wednesday Phelps tweeted to Apuada, “Big congrats to #clarkkent for smashing that meet record!!! Keep it up dude !! #DreamBig.”
Clark Kent, who is also a straight-A student, says his ultimate goal is swimming in the Olympics.
“I love swimming,” Apuada told CNN, “because I have a lot of people supporting me, and my coaches are always there for me, and my parents are always there.”