Fast as a speeding bullet, Superman gets the jump on Phelps
After taking Michael Phelps’ 1985 butterfly record, Clark Kent Apuada hopes he can one day emulate the American superstar’s success in the Olympic Games
A 10-year-old Filipino-American boy has broken a swim record set by Michael Phelps more than 20 years ago, earning a surprise message of congratulations from the most successful Olympics athlete in history.
Clark Kent Apuada, who not surprisingly carries the nickname Superman, set a new time of 1:09.38 when he won the 100 meters butterfly at the Far Western International Championship in California on July 29, Rappler reported.
Phelps won the same race in 1:10.48 in 1995, and went on to win an unmatched 23 Olympic gold medals. He quickly responded with a Twitter message: “Big congrats to #clarkkent for smashing that meet record!!! Keep it up dude!! #dreambig”.
Apuada also hopes to one day compete in the Olympics, and said it had been a dream since he was seven to beat one of Phelps’ records.
“Being a Michael Phelps record breaker is amazing, because Michael Phelps is one of the largest swimming icons in the world,” he said.