Meet Clark Kent, a 10-year-old swimmer from the US. Yes, you read that right, his actual name is Clark Kent, and the fact that he goes by ‘Supermen’ around his friends is not the coolest thing about this fella!
This 10-year-old Superman made headlines after breaking Michael Phelps’ old swimming record, set way back in 1995. Kent broke this record at the Far West International Championship, with a 100m butterfly. He finished in 1:09:38, breaking Phelps’ time which was 1:10:48. Just FYI, this record had remained unbroken for over 20 years. Michael Phelps gracefully took on Twitter to congratulate little Kent, writing:
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 1, 2018
In an interview for CBS News, Kent said:
“Most people just call me Clark, but now, when I beat Michael Phelps’ record, they start calling me Superman. I thought to myself, yeah if I had positive thoughts, positive things would happen.”
His coach, Travis Rianda added:
“It’s the coolest thing in the world because that’s all he talked about. It wasn’t like, ‘I want to be better than Michael Phelps,’ or anything like that. His first goals were, ‘I want to be a scientist, an Olympic gold medalist for the United States and I want to be a black belt. He’s on track for all three of those.”
Clark joined the Monterey County Aquatic Team in Salinas, California four years ago. Swimming is not his only hobby. His father said that he also takes piano lessons, martial arts, computer classes, coding and STEM programs. Talk about having a busy schedule.
Clark says that he doesn’t feel overwhelmed by it at all:
“I deal with it really well, I just have to balance. 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. Dream big, and always focus on your dreams and have fun.”
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, he literally won every other event he participated in.