Swimmer Luke Gebbie bowed out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after crashing out of contention in the men's 50-meter freestyle event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Friday (July 30).
The Filipino-Australian managed to finish at first place in Heat 5 with a time of 22.84 seconds, but it was not enough to secure a semifinals berth.
Only the top 16 advance to the next round and Gebbie ended up in 41st overall in a 73-man field, where Caeleb Dressel of America led the pack with a time of 21.32 seconds.
Despite his early exit, Gebbie made an impressive run in the Summer Games where he even delivered a record-smashing performance for the Philippines in the men's 100-meter freestyle event after clocking in a new national record of 49.64 seconds.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.