Canadian Sasha Gollish runs huge PB, hits world half standard in Texas

Sasha Gollish finished second at the Rock n Roll Half-Marathon in San Antonio on Sunday, running a huge career best and a world 1/2 standard.

Sasha Gollish, Natasha Wodak, Rachel Hannah
Gollish at the Canadian cross-country championships last weekend.

Canadian Sasha Gollish was a late entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half-Marathon, so much so that her name didn’t even appear on the live results page.

Still, the Pan American Games 1,500m bronze medallist ran an eight-plus-minute personal best over the half-marathon distance to finish second in 1:12:35, ahead of 3,000m/5,000m/10,000m U.S. record holder Shalane Flanagan, and Olympian Amy Hastings Cragg.

Kara Goucher won the race in 1:10:09.

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The Toronto-resident now sits in fourth in Canadian qualifying for the World Half-Marathon Championships, which take place March 16, 2016 in Wales.

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Gollish confirmed to Canadian Running post-race that the goal was to run a time that would put her in the top-three in Canada, narrowly missing the necessary mark.

Canadian half-marathon rankings as of Nov. 23
Canadian half-marathon women’s rankings as of Nov. 23. Qualifying open until March 7, 2016.

The performance came one week after Gollish ran the Canadian cross-country championships in Kingston, Ont., where the CIS Academic All-Canadian finished fifth.

Cover photo: Chris Chavez