Michael Phelps to race a great white shark

Michael Phelps

Touted By Discovery as "PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS GREAT WHITE", the race between Michael and a shark airs Sunday, July 23 at 8 pm ET/PT.

However, Shark Week may plans to answer the ultimate question: Is Phelps or a shark faster? So to compare Michael and his 23 Olympic golds, along with 39 world records, to your average shark doesn't seem quite fair. Phelps recently shared a photo on Instagram of a shark with the caption, "I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do". So now he's taking on a great white shark.

"The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark - the race is on!" a Discovery Channel release promises.

"An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before", the network's statement says.

Despite the hype it may not be much of a contest.

Phelps, who holds the most records of any other living swimmer, has clocked speeds of 6mph at most. Great Whites clock in with an impressive speed of 25 miles per hour in open water.

Discovery Channel's list of "Shark Week" programming next month includes a July 23 show titled "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs".

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