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SHARK WEEK

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week showdown featuring Michael Phelps race ends in loss for gold medal swimmer

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Some fine finned friends in their massive tank at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada glide by for the visitors. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Some fine finned friends in their massive tank at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada glide by for the visitors. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps took on his greatest challenge ever in a Shark Week showdown.

As the main attraction to The Discovery Channel’s annual event showcasing an endless schedule of shark-related programming, Phelps vowed to race a real-life shark.

Could the fastest swimmer alive outpace a great white?

Well…no.

Phelps, who holds the record for most Olympic medals and most gold medals, may be the fastest human in a pool but he’s apparently no match for the most feared fish in the ocean.

To Phelps’ credit, it was remarkably close.

The swimmer had the lead for several moments but in the end, Phelps’ toughest opponent yet, finished a mere two seconds ahead.

Luckily for Phelps, sharks are not allowed to compete in the Olympics.

Taking to Twitter, the sports icon asked (the shark or The Discovery Channel?) for a rematch in warmer water. Will he be able to take a bite out of the shark’s record next time? We’ll see.