L. Gebbie completed up Philippine swimming’s campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men’s 50m freestyle heats on Friday, July 30, at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
Although L. Gebbie won his heat with a time of 22.84 seconds, he still placed outside the top 16 swimmers in a field of 80.
Overall, he placed 41st in the extremely tough event, which was won by American swimming superstar Caeleb Dressel in a time of 21.32 seconds.
The Philippines’ Olympic team will be complete with the addition of swimmers L. Gebbie and Remedy Rule later this month.
With their addition, the Philippines’ Team will have a total of 19 athletes competing across 11 different sports at the Games, which will take place from July 23 to August 8 despite the threat of a pandemic.
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L. Gebbie Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
During Tuesday, July 27’s Day 4 of swimming competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, L. Gebbie established a new Philippine record, and Remedy Rule qualified for the semifinals.
In the fifth heat of the men’s 100-meter freestyle, L. Gebbie swam a national record 49.64 seconds and placed fifth, kicking off the day’s campaign.
He eclipsed his best of 49.94s recorded during the 2019 FINA World Championships.
L. Gebbie beat out Singaporean swimming prodigy Joseph Schooling, who finished sixth with a time of 49.84.
The Filipino-New Zealander’s performance in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was identical to Schooling’s, earning them both silver medals.
Both Southeast Asians, unfortunately, failed not reach the top 16 semifinal cut as L. Gebbie ended 36th and Schooling ranked 39th out of the 70 participants of the men’s 100m freestyle preliminaries.
On Friday the 30th of July at 6pm Philippine time, L. Gebbie will compete again in the men’s 50m freestyle.
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In heat 3 of the women’s 200-meter butterfly, Rule swam a time of 2 minutes, 12.23 seconds, placing her second behind Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei.
As of Wednesday, July 28 at 9:57 am Philippine time, she had finished in 15th place, good enough to advance to the semifinals. Thanks for reaing our article L. Gebbie Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.