Luke Gebbie reaps medals in Victoria swimming tourney

Published March 3, 2021, 2:10 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Luke Gebbie, left, poses for a picture along with other winners at the Victoria Open LC Swimming Championships. (Photo from Philippine Swimming Inc. President Lani Velasco’s Facebook account)

Olympic hopeful Luke Gebbie boosted his preparations for a possible stint at the Tokyo Olympics after bagging one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal in the recent Victoria Open LC Swimming Championships in Australia.

Gebbie, a 2019 Southeast Asian Games medalist, ruled the men’s 100-meter butterfly with 55.83 seconds ahead of Hamish Mcdougall (56.03sec) and Luka Zubcic (56.54sec).

The 24-year-old Fil-Kiwi settled for silvers in the 50m fly by clocking 25.27sec behind winner Jack Gerrard (25.24sec), and in the 50m freestyle with 23.39sec behind gold medalist Andrew Lauterstein (22.77sec).

He finished third in the 100m free with 51.27sec behind Benno Negri (50.52sec) and Gerrard (50.95sec).

Gebbie is one of the four PH swimmers who have the strongest chances of making into the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after hitting the Olympic Selection Time (OST) with his national record-breaking performance in the 50m and 100m free at the 2019 SEAG that the country hosted.

Other Olympic hopefuls are Remedy Rule, James Deiparine and Jasmine Alkhaldi.

Athletes can earn outright berths if they hit the Olympic Qualification Time, but those who hit the OST may enter if the quota of 878 athletes has not been targeted.

Countries can also send one male and one female swimmer regardless of time under a Universality place.