Apuada broke Phelps' 1:10.48 record for the 100-meter butterfly of the Long Course Meters Far Western International Age Group Championships, which was set in 1995.
"Always have fun and never give up on your dreams, no matter what anybody says; and yes that was one of my dreams, to beat Michael Phelps' record", he told CNN.
Clark Kent Apuada is a 10-year-old swimmer from California and he just shattered one of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps' records at the far western global championship.
That's more than a second better than the 100-meter butterfly record that Phelps set at the championship in 1995.
"It's the coolest thing in the world because that's all he talked about", said Travis Rianda, Apuada's swim coach.
Clark already has his eyes on the not-too-far-off Summer Olympics.
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"He's on track for all three of those".
His father, Chris Apuada, added: 'He does piano lessons, he does martial arts, and at school if there's a computer class, coding, or STEM programs he's always joining'.
"We're always just telling people his name is Clark", Cynthia said.
"I deal with it really well, I just have to balance", he said. On July 29, Apuada clocked in a new record at 1:09.38 and proceeded to win six other events that he competed in.
"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.
Carrying a superhero's name could be a burden for some, but one 10-year-old swimmer in the USA is doing his best to live up to his. Fair play to the little LAD.