MOROCCO has unearthed a new athletics star in Khalid Skah, who won the

world cross-country title on Saturday with a style reminiscent of his

compatriots, multi world record-holder Said Aouita and Olympic 10,000m

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champion Brahim Boutayeb.

Skah, whose name in Arabic means ''the man who runs away,'' did just

that to the powerful Kenyan challenge, but he could not prevent them

winning yet another team title, with five of their runners in the first

10 at Aix-Les-Bains. The main surprise was that Commonwealth 5000m

champion John Ngugi, winner for the past four years, could finish only

twentieth, Skah showed the Aouita touch when he sprinted to the front

300 metres from the end Britain, with Richard Nerurkar eighteenth and

Adrian Passey twenty-eighth, finished ninth, their worst placing.

Results:

Men -- 1, Khalid Skah (Morocco) 34min 21sec; 2, Moses Tanui (Kenya)

34-21; 3, Julius Korir (Kenya) 34-22; 18, Richard Nerurkar (Britain)

35-12. Team -- 1, Kenya 42 points; 2, Ethiopia 96; 3, Spain 176.

Women -- 1, Lynn Jennings (USA) 19-21; 2, Albertina Dias (Portugal)

19-33; 3, Elena Romanova (USSR) 19-33. Team -- 1, USSR 37; 2, Ethiopia

75; 3, Portugal 80.

Junior men -- 1, Kibiego Kororia (Kenya) 22-13; 2, Richard Chelimo

(Kenya) 22-14; 3, Bayisa Fita (Ethiopia) 22-24. Team -- Kenya.

Junior women -- 1, Liu Shixiang (China)

14-19; 2, Yan Qinglan (China) 14-20; 3, Susan Chepkemei (Kenya) 14-22.