Fil-Am Clark Kent breaks Michael Phelps' 23-year old record
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 01, 2018 06:30 PM
(Photo courtesy of Salinas Aquatic Center MCAT Facebook page)
At a very young age, Filipino-American Clark Kent Apuada is already living up to his name.
Ten-year old Apuada broke a 23-year old record previously held by Michael Phelps when the former competed in the 10-and-under age group of the Far West International Championship in California.
The aptly-nicknamed 'Superman', who swims for the Monterey County Aquatic Team, clocked in at 1:09:38 in the 100-meter freestyle, more than a second faster than the 1:10.48 set by the American sporting legend in 1995.
The Filipino-American elementary school pupil went on to win six more events in the duration of the meet.
Phelps eventually went on to win 28 Olympic medals, 23 of them gold in the course of five Olympic Games.
It's never too early to dream as the 10-year old has already set his sights for the Olympic Games, hoping to be one of the best someday.
Apuada started swimming at four but had just been into competitive swimming since he was six.
"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 in a story posted on CNN.
Dia Rianda, Clark's coach, said in the same article: "This kid is unlike any other young man that I've ever coached. He's always stood out, he's just, he's kind of a savant of sorts."
Cynthia Apuada, the boy's mother, said in a story posted on Huffington Post that she was drawn to the name Clark and that her husband's favorite superhero is Superman. That's how the young Apuada's name came to be.
“We’re always just telling people his name is Clark,” Cynthia said. “But when they realize his full name, people just call him Superman.”Could we see the best Filipino-blooded swimmer since Teofilo Yldefonso, who revolutionized the sport in the 1920's?