Remedy Rule advances to 200m butterfly semis, Luke Gebbie falls short in 100m freestyle heats

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 27) – The two Filipino swimmers in the Tokyo Olympics finished with contrasting results, Tuesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Remedy Rule made up for her early elimination in the women's 100-meter butterfly event as she qualified for the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly.

Rule clocked in two minutes and 12.23 seconds to finish in 15th place overall in the preliminary heats. She finished last in her heat.

Rule virtually clinched the semifinals berth as there are only 16 swimmers in the 200-meter butterfly event - the same number needed in the semifinal races. The women's semifinal heats are scheduled Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Luke Gebbie finished 36th out of 70 swimmers in the 100-meter freestyle heats. Only the Top 16 qualified for the semifinals.

Gebbie recorded a time of 49.64 seconds to finish in fifth place in the prelims heat. A consolation for him was finishing higher than Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling, who finished sixth in their heat with 49.84 seconds.

Despite missing the cut in the semifinals, the Filipino Australian swimmer's time in the heats is the new Philippine record after eclipsing the 49.94 seconds he previously set during the 2019 FINA World Championships.

Gebbie is slated to compete in the 50-meter freestyle heats on Friday, July 30, at 6:07 p.m.