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Korean drama comes to life for Philippines athlete

01 Oct 2014
By Yosimin Avazbekova, OCA Young Reporter, Tajikistan

Incheon, Korea: With Korean culture riding the crest of a wave around the world, it is an exciting time to be in Incheon for the 17th Asian Games. Many of the athletes are able to experience the Korean lifestyle for the first time and taste the flavor of this dynamic country which has produced so many K-Pop music stars and popular TV dramas.

One such athlete is Archand Christian Bagsit, a member of the Philippines track and field team. I was lucky enough to meet him at the Athletes' Village dining hall and chat with him about his time in Incheon. Bagsit is one of the leading track athletes in South East Asia, having won the men's 400 metres at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar last December, as well as anchoring the 4 x 400m relay team to the gold medal.

"I am really enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the Athletes' Village," he said. "It will leave me with a lot of happy memories of the Asian Games." Korean TV dramas such as "Boys Over Flowers" and "City Hunter" starring Lee Min Ho are extremely popular back home in the Philippines, and the 22-year-old athlete says his Incheon experience has opened his eyes to life in Korea.

The high level of competition on the track, and the leap from SEA Games to Asian Games, has also encouraged him to train even harder for the next chellenge of his career. He finished fourth in his 400m heat in a time of 46.88 seconds to miss out on a top-three finish and automatic qualification to the next round.
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