Olympics: Luke Gebbie out of medal race in 50m freestyle

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Luke Gebbie competes in the 100m Individual Medley during day three of the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships at MSAC on November 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Luke Gebbie of the Philippines. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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.

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