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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 champion Brahim Boutayeb.

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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.

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