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WATCH: 10-year old 'Superman' smashes Phelps' record

2018-08-02 19:03
Clark Kent (Twitter)

Cape Town - A 10-year-old in the United States has smashed a 23-year old record set by Michael Phelps in the butterfly discipline at the Far West International Championship in California.

Clark Kent took a second of Phelps' time with many now calling him 'Superman', the BBC reported. 

Phelps set the record as a 10-year-old himself in 1995 but Kent had no trouble writing his name in the record books with his sterling effort.

"Most people just call me Clark but now when I beat Michael Phelps record, they started calling me Superman," said the smiling youngster.

Asked how he achieved the feat, Kent had a simple answer.

"I thought to myself, yeah if I had positive thoughts, then positive things would happen."

And they certainly did! Not only did Kent smash Phelps' record, he received a congratulatory tweet from the Olympian as well.

"Big congrats to #clarkkent for smashing that meet record!!! Keep it up dude!! #dreambig," said Phelps in a tweet to the youngster.

And at this rate, it won't be long till we see Kent, or 'Superman' as he is now known, in an Olympic pool. 

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