Archand Bagsit – 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Archand Bagsit


  • In an interview which also featured Phil Spada Coach Joel Deriada.
  • There could be as many as 9 Grand Prix meets coming up for Bagsit to have a lot of 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 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 is 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 a unknown athlete at Letran Sports, to his journey with the national team.

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.

Archand Bagsit

  • 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.

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The Philippines could very soon have two Olympic qualifiers in Athletics

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Our Very own Archand Bagsit aiming for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit is making a come back 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 life time 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 there 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 as 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 has 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 he was picked up by the National Team in 2010.

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Archand Christian Bagsit (2nd L) of the Philippines runs to win the men’s 400m final at the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw on December 15, 2013. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR – Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)

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 team mate Edgardo Alejan.

Bagsit also won Gold Medals as part of the Mens 4×400 team in 2011 and 2013. He currently is part of the National Record in the Mens 4×100 with Eric Cray, Anfernee Lopena and Trenten Anthony Beram.

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Happier Times the Philippines Mens 4×400 Team takes Gold at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games



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 Paragames that the country was hosting, only to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the Paragames, he was lined up in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.

So far, para swimmer Ernie Gawilan has already qualified to the Tokyo Paragames, while table tennis player Josephine Medina is an outright alternate.


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