Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps hardly loses but this time he did. Phelps raced a Great White Shark but eventually lost by 2 seconds.
Phelps swam a 100m stretch of Bahamas water in 38.1 seconds, but lost out by two seconds to the shark swimming the same course.
He was equipped with a wetsuit and monofin to mimic a shark’s movement through water, but in the end had to contend with the second position.
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The monofin upped his game, increasing his normal superhuman speed by a few miles an hour, but it simply wasn’t enough, as he finished in 38.1 seconds in comparison to the shark’s 36.1 seconds.
“You really see the speed that the animal has,” a freezing Phelps said after the race, ” how many different gears they can really switch into when they need to, under any circumstance.”
The race aired on Sunday night as a premiere to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
The race was actually a simulation, and Phelps was in fact competing against a computer-generated image of a shark based on a projection of its speed.
Phelps has a total of 28 medals won in the Olympics. In a career spanning four Olympics won an unprecedented 23 gold medals.
He won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver medal. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.