By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, March 25, 2013
The Moroccan team, which was composed of Mohamed Abid, Zouhair Talbi, Omar Ait Chitachen, Hassan Ghachoui, Jaouad Chemlal and Marouane Kahlaoui, made it to the podium at the 40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships ? Junior men?s team, with 65 points, behind Ethiopia (23 pts) and Kenya (26 pts), who won the World Cross Country Championships.
The 40th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships were held in Bydgoszcz, Poland on 24 March 2013.
The first Moroccan athlete to cross the finish line was Mohamed Abid, achieving the 12th position in 22min 31sec, while his fellows Zouhair Talbi, Omar Ait Chitachen, Hassan Jawad and Chemlal Ghachoui completed the race, as follow: 14th (22:34 ), 18th (22:38) 21th (22:53) and 23rd (23:03) respectively.
432 athletes from the 56 participating nations, including Morocco challenged the cold Polish weather that reached as low as 6 degrees to compete in four different categories.
It is worth mentioning that Morocco has not made it to the podium of the competition since the edition of Mombasa (Kenya) in 2007, where it won the silver medal in the men?s category and the bronze medal in the women?s competition.
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