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WATCH: Michael Phelps races great white shark ... sort of

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 3:20 AM
By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Michael Phelps may be fast, but apparently not as fast as a great white shark.

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In Discovery's highly anticipated Shark Week special "Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White," the 28-time Olympic medalist wore a special wetsuit and monofin to take on a great white – well, sort of – in a 100-meter race.

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Unfortunately for fans, Phelps, with a time of 38.1 seconds, lost by 2 seconds. But that wasn't the biggest disappointment: Instead of facing a real shark, Phelps was shown alongside a computer simulation of a great white. The shark's "time" in the race was based on speed data collected by scientists.

Fans were not amused.