Luke Gebbie, the country’s fastest swimmer this season, trimmed down his 100m Freestyle time at the AON New Zealand Open Championships in Auckland Friday morning; officially clocking a 2019 World Championships individual event QTB of 50.25 seconds in Men’s 100m Free.
Heading into the championships, 22-year-old Gebbie has already clocked a World Championships QTB of 50.41 at the Australian Swimming Championships last April; but it was done as a lead-off swimmer in a relay event.
Worried that it will not be honored as an official qualifying time as per Philippine Swimming Incorporated’s released qualifying guidelines, the Economics and Finance graduating student of University of Melbourne made sure that he will officially deliver a qualifying time for the Worlds this week, and stormed his way to a new Men’s 100m Freestyle new Philippine national record of of 50.25 in today’s morning prelims.
He finished 4th in the preliminary, and then placed 6th in the evening finals with a time of 50.45, still faster than the 50.51 Worlds’ QTB.
At yesterday’s action, Gebbie narrowly missed the Men’s 50m Freestyle 22.96 QTB, where he clocked 23.00 in the finals.
The Fil-Kiwi swimmer also saw action in the Men’s 50m Fly event on day two of the championships, and finished the race with a time 24.79, also narrowly missing the 24.49 Worlds’ QTB of the said event.
Gebbie, who’s mother is from Quezon City and dad from New Zealand, is set to debut for Team Philippines at the 18th FINA World Swimming Championships in South Korea next month, along with Nicole Oliva, Remedy Rule, Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jean Pierre Khouzam.