At the La Classique d’athlétisme de Montréal on Sunday afternoon, Toronto’s Sasha Gollish shattered the previous women’s Canadian 40+ 1,500m record by seven seconds in a time of 4:16.46.
Our Highlight from @MtlClassique: Sasha Gollish's new seven-second 🇨🇦W40+ 1,500m record.
🟠 Previous Record: 4:23:63
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) June 6, 2022
This 40+ record is now Gollish’s second Canadian masters 1,500m record, as she also has the outright 35+ masters record of 4:07.70, set in 2017. The previous 40+ record of 4:23.63 belonged to Erna Kozak, which was set in 1986.
Gollish has been on a roll this 2022 outdoor season, racking up two national championship medals in the 10,000m (silver) and road 10K (bronze). She also won gold at the 2022 NACAC Half Marathon Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica in mid-May.
“Setting the 40+ 1,500m record was a great surprise, honestly,” Gollish says. “I’ve been focusing on the longer stuff recently.”
Before setting the record, the distance runner spent her weekend volunteering at the Ontario High-School Track and Field Championships (OFSAA), then flew to Montreal Saturday evening after a full day of volunteering.
“I wasn’t sure how tired my legs would be going into the race after being on my feet all weekend,” Gollish says. “Therefore, my goal was just to have fun, and that’s what I did.”
Gollish has intentions of competing in the 1,500m or 5,000m at the 2022 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C. in two weeks.