Michael Phelps loses to great white shark in virtual race

Olympic great Michael Phelps was edged by a great white shark in a virtual race aired on Discovery on Sunday.

Phelps loses to great white shark in virtual race

Phelps loses to great white shark in virtual race

The world's most decorated athlete took on the ocean's most efficient predator in a television special as Discovery kicked off its 29th edition of Shark Week.

Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medallist, wore a specially designed suit and mono fin in South African waters.

The American did not even use his arms as he 'dolphin-kicked' his way to a time of 38.1 seconds in a 100-metre open water swim.

But it was not enough as he raced against a virtual shark side-by-side based on separate 50m time trials.

The shark swam a time of 36.1secs in the 100m race, handing Phelps a rare loss.

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