Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ much-hyped “race” against a great white shark finally aired on Sunday night.
The competition was featured in Discovery’s “Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White,” as part of its famous “Shark Week” summer programming.
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In the end, Phelps was able to swim 100 meters off South Africa in 38.1 seconds — but the shark won with a time of 36.1 seconds.
However, he wasn’t actually racing next to the shark. Discovery Channel staffers calculated the great white’s time and compared it to Phelps’ performance, according to SI. On the broadcast, an image of a shark was superimposed over the Olympic swimmer.
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 24, 2017
The swimmer earlier told Fox News the challenge was “probably the hardest race I’ve ever had.” (Read more from “Did He Do It? Olympic Swimmer Learns If He’s Faster Than Great White Shark” HERE)