MONTEREY COUNTY, California (Circa) -- A ten-year-old with a super hero name pulled off an incredible feat: beating a record held by former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
Clark Kent Apuada, a swimmer with the Monterey County Aquatic Team in California, broke the record after swimming the 100-meter butterfly event in 1:09:38 at the Far West International Championship over the weekend. He beat Phelps' record, set in in 1995, by more than a second.
"This kid is unlike any other young man that I've ever coached," Dia Riana, Clark's coach, told CNN. "He's always stood out, he's just, he's kind of a savant of sorts.
Apuada, also known as "Superman," has only been swimming competitively for four years. He was motivated to beat Phelps' record after finding out he had a record in the Far Western, according to Huffington Post. At just seven years old, he told his mother he could beat it.
After setting the record, Phelps went on to win 28 Olympic medals, becoming the most decorated Olympian in history. The butterfly stroke was one of his best, and he still holds the long course world records for the 100 meter and 200 meter events. He congratulated the young prodigy over Twitter on Wednesday.
Apuada's remarkable abilities go beyond the swimming pool. He also plays piano, does martial arts, and enjoys coding and computer classes, according to his father Chris.
All those activities don't get in the way, according to Apuada.
"I deal with it really well, I just have to balance," he told CNN.