There’s not a name more heroic. For this second generation Filipino-American, there is no shortage of skill to underpin the moniker of “Superman.” Clark Kent Apuada, swimmer for the Monterey County Aquatic Team based in California, exemplifies what Filipinos athletes have to offer in winning talent.
Here are five facts about the kid who might become the next Baltimore Bullet.
1. His home county has a day in honor of him.
Just last month, Monterey County in California, USA declared September 18 to be “Superman Clark Kent Apuada Day” in honor of his athletic achievements.
2. He broke a two-decade old record held by Michael Phelps.
Last August, the 10-year-old Apuada supplanted no less than renowned Olympian Michael Phelps, besting the Baltimore Bullet’s record in 100-meter butterfly at the Far West International Championship. Phelps had held the record since 1995.
3. Clark Kent has been training to swim since he was three years old.
Apuada underwent swim lessons at the tender age of 3, and has been swimming professionally for four years.
4. Apart from athletics, “Superman” excels in his studies, too!
Apuada’s coach Dia Riana says the swimming savant also excels in his science and computer studies at school.
5. He has his sights set on the 2024 Paris Olympics
Apuada admits he had dreamed about breaking the coveted record for three years. “That was one of my dreams since I was seven,” Apuada says. He has since expressed a desire to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics. By then, he’ll have acquired more in skill and experience. Olympic gold will be his for the taking.