When Clark Kent, a 10-year-old boy dubbed “Superman,” is in the water, he says, he feels as if he is “flying.”
And judging by the swimming speeds he has been registering, it’s hard to argue otherwise, as the young phenom recently broke a record that Michael Phelps set over 23 years ago.
Phelps, 33, is perhaps the best-known swimmer of all time. He is certainly the most decorated, as he has 28 Olympic medals, 23 of them gold, to go with his 33 World Championship medals.
He has also set an astonishing 39 world records, more than any other swimmer.
But a record he set as a junior has now been broken, as Kent won the 100-meter butterfly in 1 minute, 9:38 seconds on Sunday, according to CBS Baltimore. That is more than a second faster than what Phelps managed at the same competition, the Far West International Championship in California, over two decades ago in 1995.
Kent placed first in all seven races he competed in that day and says people now call him Superman — Kent shares a name with the superhero’s alter ego.
“If I have positive thoughts, then positive things will happen,” he said, according to the “CBS Evening News.”
According to CBS Baltimore, he added: “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.” Phelps does not begrudge Kent for beating one of his records. In fact, he even tweeted his support.
“Big congrats to Clark Kent for smashing that meet record!” Phelps said. “Keep it up dude.”