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Fans were legitimately upset that Michael Phelps didn't race a real shark

Michael Phelps swims the Men's 200m IM Final of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on August 24, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.
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Michael Phelps swims the Men's 200m IM Final of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships on August 24, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Michael Phelps' much-anticipated race against a shark was never going to be against a real great white shark. It was against a computer-generated simulation of a shark.

The fake shark won, beating the the 23-time Olympic gold medalist by two seconds in Sunday's Phelps vs. Shark on Discovery.

But given an hour of buildup, studies and special wetsuits, fans actually hoped to see Phelps race a shark — a real shark — as he would against a human competitor.

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That didn't happen, and fans were not pleased.

That was an hour that some people will never get back.