Michael Phelps loses race to simulated great white shark

Michael Phelps raced a shark in this year's Shark Week on Discovery. Keystone Press

Michael Phelps has finally met his match in the water: a great white shark.

The Olympic champion swimmer was bested Sunday night in the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week special “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.”

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But Phelps didn’t swim with a real shark. He competed in the ocean against a computer-simulated fish based on data on the swimming speed of sharks.

Phelps was outfitted with a wetsuit and a monofin to mimic a shark’s powerful tail. He finished the 100 metre race in 38 seconds, two seconds slower than the simulated shark.

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Phelps tweeted Sunday that he’d like a rematch, but in warmer water.

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