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Michael Phelps with wife NicoleStuart C. Wilson/Getty

The human race is way too slow to compete with the legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, it seems. Even though the 31-year-old American has retired from the sport, it seems no active swimmer even can match up with his indeed.

Hence, a white shark comes to the rescue.

Often referred to be a fish himself, Phelps will be trying out his luck in a race with the big fish. No, we ain't joking! This one-off thing will be a part of Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week' programs.

According to Michael Phelps' wife Nicole's Instagram page, the race might have already taken place but the details aren't out.

What a week!! Loved watching @m_phelps00 learn, swim and wrestle with sharks!! #sharkweek #welovesharks

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We don't quite know what happened during the race -- whether it was a 100 metre dash or a possible medley. One thing is for sure, the shark didn't quite eat up Phelps midway. What we do know is that the race is scheduled for a TV broadcast on July 23 at 8 pm EST.

Discovery Channel's press release:

They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks.

He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds.

But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before.

The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark – the race is on! Produced by Peacock Productions.