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United States' Michael Phelps reacts after the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Can Michael Phelps swim faster than a great white shark? We might find out soon


Shark Week is... *cue Jaws theme song* ... quickly approaching.

And as part of next month's week-long celebration, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is going to race against a great white.

Discovery Channel announced plans to air a July 23 show titled "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," where "the world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator."

The 31-year-old athlete posted this photo to Instagram about diving with sharks.

Based on just the release announcing the event, it is unclear if the 23-time Olympic gold medalist is actually racing a shark.

Phelps swam a 1:53.93, breaking his own world record of 1:54.58 set in 2001.

Considered the fastest swimmer known to man, Phelps' top swimming speed is 6.0 mph, according to ESPN.

Per Discovery, a Great White can swim at least 25 miles per hour.

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