Archand Bagsit Introduction:
- In an interview that also featured Phil Spada Coach Joel Deriada.
- There could be as many as 9 Grand Prix meets coming up for Bagsit to have many chances to qualify for the Olympics.
- There will be no 200m event at Olympics, only 100m and 200m
- The 100m and 400m standards are 11.10 and 50.4.
- As well as Bagsit, 6 other athletes are near qualifying standards for the Olympics, including Rowell Galvero in the 5000m and a long jumper who does 6.20 but needs 6.30m to qualify for Tokyo 2021.
Please note the T12 World Records for 100m is 10.44 set in 2019, and 400m was 47.79 set in 2019.
Pinoyathletics Q&A will feature live on ZOOM 2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit.
We will talk about Archand Bagsit career, his rapid rise from an unknown athlete at Letran Sports, to his national team journey.
Carrying on a rich legacy of quarter milers, Bagsit became the 5th Filipino athlete to crown himself Men’s 400m Champion at the 2013 SEA Games. His two golds in the 4×400 2011/2013.
Now Bagsit looks at the new challenge of fatherhood and his new goal of aiming for the 2021 Olympics.
- 2011 SEA Games Silver 400m
- 2011 SEA Games Gold 4×400
- 2013 SEA Games Gold 400m
- 2013 SEA Games Gold 4×400
- 2015 SEA Games Silver 4×400
- 2017 SEA Games Bronze 4×400
- 2017 SEA Games Bronze 4×100
- National Record in 4×100 with Cray, Beram, and Lopena.
The Philippines could very soon have two Olympic qualifiers in Athletics
2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit is making a comeback of sorts. This time as a Para-Olympic athlete.
The 29-year-old is aiming to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. As per the Athletics Australia website, qualification is 10.98 for 100m and 50.00 for 400m. But Athletics Australia usually sets standards higher than the actual entry standards. Bagsit has a lifetime best of 10.6 (100) and 46.88 set in 2014.
As of now, only Ernest Obiena has qualified in Athletics for the Philippines to Tokyo Olympics. When PATAFA made their pres cons and media announcements, they forgot to mention Bagsit. When we think about it should be a breeze for Archand to qualify and join EJ at the Olympics, he has the most chance out of the remaining athletes yet to qualify.
Bagsit is classified as Low Vision T-12.
History of Bagsit
Bagsit said he had been partially impaired visually since he was a kid but still managed to compete in regular events.
This journey led Bagsit to NCAA Records representing Letran before the National Team picked him up in 2010.
He took the SEA Games Silver in the 400 in Malaysia in 2011. Before claiming the Gold in 2013 in Myanmar making it a 1-2 finish for the Philippines with his teammate Edgardo Alejan.
Archand was removed from the National Team in 2018 and has focused on qualifying in para events since then.
Archand was supposed to have his first para competition in the 2019 ASEAN Para Games that the country was hosting, only to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He was lined up in the Para games in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay.
Par swimmer Ernie Gawilan has already qualified for the Tokyo Para games, while table tennis player Josephine Medina is an outright alternate.
Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
He can be contacted on [email protected]
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