Phelps loses by 2 seconds to simulated shark in 'Shark Week'

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 25, 2017 10:40 AM
Phelps loses by 2 seconds to simulated shark in 'Shark Week'
In this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 file photo, United States' Michael Phelps celebrates his silver medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly medals ceremony during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

The Associated Press - Michael Phelps has finally met his match in the water: a "great white shark."

The Olympic champion swimmer was bested Sunday night in the Discovery Channel's Shark Week special "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White."

But Phelps didn't swim with a real shark. He competed in the ocean against a computer-simulated fish based on data on the swimming speed of sharks.

Phelps was outfitted with a wetsuit and a monofin to mimic a shark's powerful tail. He finished the 100 meter race in 38 seconds, two seconds slower than the simulated shark.

Phelps tweeted Sunday that he'd like a rematch, but in warmer water.

 

 

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