On Sunday, the 23-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps, 32, took a challenge to race against a great white shark at the launch of the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week.
The much-anticipated race called Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White took place in open waters off Cape Town, South Africa.
The rivals swam separately of course, but the video was edited in such a way that they seem to swim next to each other. The shark chased a bait to the finish line.
Shark Week shared the race between the two great swimmers on Twitter:
The moment of glory for #TeamShark!!! #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek pic.twitter.com/NWYp1CwiRa
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) 24 июля 2017 г.
Well, the shark outran Phelps by just 2 seconds and finished the distance in 36.1 seconds. Not used to losing a competition, Phelps has already been looking forward to a rematch. “Rematch? Next time..warmer water,” he tweeted:
Rematch? Next time..warmer water. #SW30 @Discovery @SharkWeek
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) 24 июля 2017 г.
It should be recalled that Michael Phelps announced the completion of his career after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The swimmer in his career took part in the 5 Olympics, where he won 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals). Michael Phelps is the most titled athlete in the history of the Olympic Games.