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2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Christian Dimaano Bagsit
We will talk about Archand’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is 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]