Michael Phelps, who holds the record for the most Olympic medals ever won by an athlete to date, may have finally met his match as he is set to race a great white shark next month, reported Mail Online.
The 28-time Olympian is set to race the apex predator for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week next month.
The event has been titled Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.
In a press release, Discovery Channel called the event “so monumental no one has ever attempted it before’”.
It is unclear how the race will be staged so as to protect the 31-year-old swimmer from being attacked by the shark.
Five days ago, Phelps posted a picture to Instagram showing him cage-diving with a great white.
“I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great White sharks!! #bucketlist,’ he wrote.
The chances of Phelps winning will depend on how motivated the shark gets.
Great white sharks cruise at about 5 mph, but can reach speeds of 25mph.
Phelps, who holds the most records of any other living swimmer, has clocked speeds of 6mph at most.
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