Remedy Rule moves on to the semifinal of the women’s 200-meter butterfly after ending in 15th place in the heats at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, Tuesday.
With just a single swimmer going out of the competition after the heats, Rule knew that she could not be that swimmer.
And with Hungarian star swimmer Katinka Hosszu skipping the event, the Filipino automatically gained the semis berth.
Nonetheless, Rule still had to do her thing on the pool. She ended in sixth on her heats with a time of 2:12.23, way off her personal best and national record at 2:09.58
The Filipino was one of the first out of the blocks at the took care of the first 50 meters well with a time of 29.96.
However, Ana Monteiro of Portugal and Laura Stephens of Great Britain made their move in the next 100 meters and pushed Rule into the bottom of the heat.
The 24-year-old will look to go all out to keep her Olympic debut going as she competes for a place in the medal race in the semifinal, set on Wednesday at 10:57 AM.