5 May 1997
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (May 4, 1997 - 20:03 EST) -- Harold Sanon of Haiti won the Long Island Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 38 seconds.
"My goal is to qualify for the Olympics in 2000," Sanon said after his first ever marathon. "It's a good sign that I won on my first try."
Steve Marsalese of Middle Village finished second in 2:37.34. Lauren Kearney of New York took the women's race in 3:03.40.
6 May 1997
By John Hanc. STAFF WRITER of Newsday
Men's marathon winner Harold Sanon (2:33:38) had never raced 26.2 miles before. A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he came to Long Island to run his first marathon, at the suggestion of his coach, Ralph Kenizan. "I wanted him to run a race that would be tough, psychologically," Kenizan said. He had heard about Long Island - with its long, lonely stretches of parkway - from fellow countryman, last year's winner Lamothe Dieudonne (who finished 20th yesterday, in 2:55:25).
It lived up to its billing. "The race was hard," said Sanon, speaking through an interpreter (Kenizan). "I'm tired, but really happy."
Sanon is looking to the Olympic Games of 2000.
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