MANILA—The Philippines will have four shots at the Tokyo Olympic gold as two swimmers will compete in two events each for one of the quadrennial meet's centerpiece events from July 24-Aug. 1 at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.
Philippine Swimming announced on Friday that Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule got the nods from the Federation Internationale De Natation through the universality places quota.
Unlike in the previous Olympiads where the universality qualifier will only compete in one event, Gebbie and Rule will play in two events each.
Gebbie qualified for the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events, while Rule will play in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly races.
In the process, the Philippine team to the Tokyo Olympics has increased in number to 19 members.
Rule, a former two-time All-American from the University of Texas, is known for holding the Philippine record in the 100-meter freestyle race, clocking in at 1:00.42 during the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
She also won two silvers and two bronzes during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Capas.
For his part, Gebbie also has a national record in his portfolio as he owns the 50-meter butterfly Philippine record he set in the previous SEA Games at 24.34 seconds.
Gebbie won one silver and one bronze in the said biennial meet.
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