Remedy Rule failed to qualify for a semifinal berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s 100m butterfly on Saturday, July 24, at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Kicking off Philippine swimming’s Olympic campaign, Rule clocked 59.68 seconds in the second heat of the event.
She placed behind Ireland’s Ellen Walshe who topped the heat with a time of 59.35.
However, Rule failed to make the cut of the top 16 swimmers of the event after five heats as Australia’s Brianna Throssell snagged the last spot after recording 58.08s.
China’s Yufei Zhang and Australia’s Emma McKeon shared the top spot of the event after going head-to-head with each other in heat 5, finishing with a time of 55.82.
Filipino-American Rule finished 25th overall.
The University of Texas standout will compete in her signature event, the women’s 200m butterfly, on Tuesday, July 27.
In the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Rule pocketed three silvers and one bronze.
She holds the Philippine record in the women’s 100m butterfly with a time of 59.55s, which she set in the Longhorn Elite Invite in Austin, Texas, and in the women’s 200m butterfly at 2 minutes and 9.58 seconds, recorded in the TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines. – Rappler.com