The New York Road Runners (NYRR) tweeted the list of elite runners who will race the TCS New York City Marathon on November 3 earlier today, and Sasha Gollish of Toronto is the only Canadian on the list, male or female, open or wheelchair division.
Gollish will join defending champion Mary Keitany, 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden, 2019 Boston champion Worknesh Degefa, and half-marathon world record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei on the start line on Staten Island in November. Sinead Diver of Australia, 2019 Comrades Marathon champion Gerda Steyn of South Africa and Americans Sara Hall, Allie Kieffer, Lindsey Scherf and Kellyn Taylor round out the exceptionally deep field of women athletes racing New York this year.
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On the men’s side, notable names include defending champion Lelisa Desisa, 2017 champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Somali-American Abdi Abdirahman, Ethiopians Shura Kitata and Tamirat Tola and American Jared Ward, who finished eighth at this year’s Boston Marathon.
The men’s wheelchair division includes defending champion and 2019 Boston and London Marathon champion Daniel Romanchuk and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Marcel Hug. 2018 Boston Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden, 2019 Boston Marathon winner Manuela Schär and 2018 Peachtree 10K winner Susannah Scaroni will appear in the women’s wheelchair race.
Gollish had a long and successful career in track and cross-country, winning bronze in the 1,500m at the 2015 Pan Am Games before attempting her debut marathon attempt at Berlin last year. She was forced to drop out just after the 30K mark with severe cramping, but had a very successful comeback at Houston in January, finishing in 2:32 just behind fellow Canadian Malindi Elmore, who was also taking her first stab at the marathon distance.
Gollish, it should be pointed out, has the world championship standard in the marathon (2:37:00), and so far only Lyndsay Tessier has been named to Team Canada. Athletics Canada will announce the full team on August 26.