Michael Phelps’ next race confirmed – but it’s not against a human

Michael Phelps’ next race has been set with a date, but it won’t necessarily be against a human being this time around.

If you have ever watched the classic movie Jaws, you know that a head-to-head match against a great white shark usually doesn’t end in your favor. But, that’s not stopping 23-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps!

The Discovery Channel announced Friday in a press release that the decorated athlete will be swimming against one of nature’s most deadly marine predators during “Shark Week” on the network.

“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps v. Shark – the race is on!”

Tune in to see the epic race scheduled to air on Sunday, July 23 at 8pm ET, with Discovery Channel titling the special event, Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Great Whites clock in at an impressive 25 mph in open water while Phelps, one of the most elite athletes on the planet, averages between 5.25-6 mph. That’s a lot of ground (or water) for the Olympian to make up. Phelps currently holds the individual world record in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly. No word has been released on what stroke the swimmer will use in his battle against the shark.


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