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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, United States' Michael Phelps celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter individual medley during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Michael Phelps plans on racing a shark


Record-setting, Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps is scheduled to race a shark as part of the 29th anniversary of the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” television event.

“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: sharks,” Discovery said Friday in a press release. “He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps.”

“39 world records,” it continued. “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!”

Discovery said that Phelps will test his swimming abilities against a shark during a broadcast scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23.

The network added this year’s edition of its annual “Shark Week” programming will air in more than 220 countries and territories from that day to Sunday, July 30.

FanDuel, a web-based fantasy sports game, greeted the news Phelps would battle one of nature’s deadliest animals with a GIF of Olympic swimmers racing a shark.

Phelps last Sunday posted a photo on his Instagram celebrating a cage-dive the athlete performed with great white sharks nearby.

The swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time, boasting a total of 28 medals that includes an all-time record of 23 golds.

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