Watch: Michael Phelps kind of

Watch: Michael Phelps kind of raced a great white shark and lost by two seconds [video]

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Watch: Michael Phelps kind of

As it turns out, the US swimmer Michael Phelps was no match for a great white shark when the two of them went head-to-head in Discovery Channel’s Great Gold vs. Great White race that kicked off the network’s annual Shark Week on Sunday.

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It was a close call when Phelps went on to lose with a mere two seconds when he finished the 100-meter race with a time of 36.1 seconds against the shark’s 38.1.

Phelps traveled to South Africa for the occasion.

Although a lot of people knew Phelps didn’t stand a chance against the shark, many viewers tuned in to see how they actually pulled it off.

Even though, Phelps had some additional tools (a fin) to give him a reasonable chance against the shark, viewers saw red when they figured out he was ‘racing’ a ‘digital’ shark.

Vox reported that viewers saw a montage of Phelps swimming alongside a computer-generated great white. It is believed that before the broadcast, Discovery had the Olympic medalist (who is now retired, btw) and the shark swim the course separately.

Computer-generated footage of a shark was then superimposed over the swimmer to look like they were actually racing alongside each other. Needless to say, a lot of viewers felt deprived by the whole thing.

The hour-long broadcast also included Phelps simulating 50-meter races against two other varieties of shark in order to prepare for the race. In the end he actually beat a reef shark with a time of 18.7 seconds.

Although, the end was a bit anti-climactic for some, the real point of it all was to educate people about the intricacies of a shark.