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Sasha Gollish wins Maccabiah Games 1,500m days after national bronze

Toronto's Sasha Gollish is overseas competing at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel and won the women's 1,500m in record time

Sasha Gollish

Days after placing third in the women’s 5,000m at the Canadian Track and Field Championships, Sasha Gollish competed halfway around the world in Israel at the Maccabiah Games.

The 35-year-old won the 1,500m at the sporting event held every four years in Israel. Gollish, who was coming off a 15:42 clocking over 5,000m to reach the podium at the national championships in Ottawa, won in 4:18.41 to break the existing Games record by eight seconds, according to Maccabi Canada, on Wednesday.

The Maccabiah Games are the third largest sporting event in the world and features a wide variety of disciplines, not unlike the Olympic Games. The event is open to Jewish athletes from around the world– as many as 85 countries are represented in 2017– as well as Israeli athletes.


According to the team delegation, Gollish is entered in the 800m and 5,000m in addition to having already run the 1,500m. (The 800m and 5,000m are back-to-back, however.) Gollish is the 2015 Pan Am Games 1,500m bronze medallist and one of the country’s all-time fastest half-marathoners.

The 800m and 5,000m are scheduled for the evening (local time) on July 13 in Jerusalem.