Fil-Kiwi swimmer Luke Gebbie secured a berth for the 18th FINA World Swimming Championships in Korea this August and 30th Southeast Asian Games in Philippines this December, after surpassing the Worlds QTB and SEA Games QTA in the Men’s 100m Freestyle event at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, Australia, Tuesday afternoon.
Swimming as Melbourne Vicentre’s lead-off swimmer in the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay finals, Gebbie reset his 50.70 national record to 50.41, and surpassed the 50.51 World Championships QTB and 50.56 SEA Games 2017 bronze medal time.
“I am happy with my swims. However, I am confident this time can be lowered. I made many mistakes and have a long list of things to improve on. I strongly believe I will have the Olympic- B qualifying time by the end of the year,” said Gebbie.
Twenty-two year old Gebbie is the first Filipino male swimmer to have qualified at this year’s world championships and in 2019 SEA Games.
He has already sealed his slot at the Worlds, along with Niole Oliva and Jasmine Alkhaldi; and has also joined Nicole Oliva as the early qualifiers for the 2019 SEA Games.
The University of Melbourne student also clocked 25.32 in the 50m Fly event.
Gebbie, whose mom is from Fairview, Quezon City and dad from New Zealand, grew up in Vietnam and Thailand, where he was among the top swimmers of Bangkok Patana School in his high school days.
He moved to Australia for his university studies, and is now a graduating student of University of Melbourne, with a double major in Economics and Finance.
After taking a three-year break in swimming, Gebbie has just resumed training last year, with hopes of being able to help the country win medals at this year’s SEA Games, and eventually be able to qualify at the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.
Meanwhile, SEA Age Group Championships bound Georgia Peregrina clocked 4:58.27 in the Women’s 400m IM event, and is scheduled to swim in the 200m Backstroke event today.
Elder brother Thomas Peregrina registered 59.40 in 100m Back and 2:07.21 in 200m IM.
Today is the fourth day of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships, which ends this Friday.