Luke Gebbie set a new Philippine record, while Remedy Rule advanced to the semis in Day 4 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics swimming competition on Tuesday, July 27, at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Gebbie started the country's campaign of the day with a record-setting 49.64 seconds to finish fifth in heat 5 of the men's 100m freestyle.
He eclipsed his time of 49.94s set during the 2019 FINA World Championships.
Gebbie topped Singapore swimming star Joseph Schooling, who clocked 49.84 for a sixth place finish.
The Filipino-Kiwi matched Schooling's silver medal-winning mark in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Both Southeast Asians, though, did not make the top 16 semifinal cut as Gebbie finished 36th and Schooling placed 39th out of the 70 participants of the men's 100m freestyle preliminaries.
Gebbie will return to action on Friday, July 30, 6 pm, Philippine time in the men's 50m freestyle.
Rule clocked 2 minutes and 12.23 in the women's 200m butterfly heat 3, where she swam alongside event leader Zhang Yufei of China.
She placed 15th overall to make the top 16 cut for a semifinal berth on Wednesday, July 28, 9:57 am, Philippine time.
The Filipino-American still holds the national record in the women's 200m butterfly with a time of 2:09.58, which was set at the 2020 TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, Iowa. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.