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Forget McGregor v Mayweather - Michael Phelps set to race Great White Shark

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Credit - Discovery Facebook

Jack O'Toole

The most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps will race against a great white shark as part of Discovery's Shark Week.

Phelps v Shark will air at 8pm (1am IST) on Discovery on Sunday and will pit Phelps, who has won 28 Olympic medals in swimming, against a great white shark to determine whether the greatest swimmer ever is quicker than a shark in open water.

Both Phelps and the shark will each swim 100 meters in the same open water, at different times for safety reasons, and their times will then be clocked and compared.

Phelps has been recorded swimming at up to 6 mph while a great white typically swims at 10 miles per hour and can reach a peak of around 35 mph.

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“It’s a lot different than what I’ve ever been used to,” Phelps told Vanity Fair of his preparations.

“The temperature was unbelievably cold, and I hate cold water. So making that transition—I think that’s the biggest thing that I had to get my mind prepared for.

“I knew it was going to be very difficult. For me, being able to prepare myself how I did and mentally get ready to get in that water with a shark—in open water, in their habitat—I think that was something that was obviously different and challenging from what I was used to. . . . I’ve never backed down from a challenge.”

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