Michael Phelps loses race against great white shark

Michael Phelps loses race against great white shark
By Emma Beswick
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Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, yesterday 'raced' a great white shark and lost.

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Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, yesterday (July 23) ‘raced’ a great white shark and lost.

In a 100m, open-water race in South Africa, the retired athlete took on a toothy opponent as part of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’.

Spoiler alert: The two competitors weren’t in the water at the same time for “safety reasons”, according to Phelps.

Researchers from the channel first recorded the shark’s time and then the 32-year-old completed the course in the same conditions off the coast of South Africa.

The Twittersphere expressed its disappointment that the athlete didn’t race a real shark, but rather a simulated one.

smh Michael Phelps isn’t actually racing a shark. He’s just racing a simulation of a shark. Biggest scam of 2017

— Marcus ¬ (@M_Frosti) July 24, 2017

When Michael Phelps said he was gonna race a shark this is how I pictured it happening #SharkWeekpic.twitter.com/GiEfJssNhL

— Ryan Homler (@RHomler) July 24, 2017

In an attempt to even the race up the American wore a ‘monofin’, which mimicked the shark’s movements and significantly increased his speed; he swam the 100m stretch in 38.1 seconds.

However, he was not able to keep up with the great white, which is capable of swimming 40km/h in short bursts, and lost by two seconds.

The retired athlete took to Twitter demanding a rematch and calling for warmer water for the next race.

Rematch? Next time..warmer water. #SW30Discovery</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SharkWeek">SharkWeek

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 24, 2017

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