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Each week, two of our contributors or special guests face off in The XC's Top 5 Running Show, dissecting five stories from the week in the world of distance running and track and field. They offer their best and hottest takes to the host, Michael Doyle, who rewards them in points.

The panelist with the deepest knowledge and hottest takes will emerge from this five-lap sprint of ideas the victor. The prize? We give them the mic atop the podium to tell us something important or exciting they want to share with you. And seven days of bragging rights, of course.

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This week:

This week, Justin Horneker tries to avenge his loss to fellow XC contributor and defending champion Alex Cyr.

In this episode, they debate:

The resignation of the Tokyo organizing committee chairman

Yoshiro Mori, a former Prime Minister of Japan, had made sexist comments about women and was initially resisting resigning. The 83-year-old said that women "talk too much" and are driven by a "strong sense of rivalry." He stepped down late last week. The situation was a rare one for the country, which is known for being less than progressive when it comes to gender equity. How will Mori's resignation affect the Games happening, as they are supposedly planned, on July 23?

The state of Trials and national championships

Canada has announced that its track and field Olympic trials will no longer be mandatory for qualification. The situation in the US is still murky, but are at the moment supposed to begin on June 18. With Trials and qualification races needing to ramp up in the coming months, is it a good move or bad move to make trials optional?

The Dragonfly is here

Two American collegiate athletes ran 7th and 8th fastest indoor miles in history last weekend. Oregon Ducks Cooper Teare, 21, and Cole Hocker, 19, ran 3:50.39 and 3:50.55 respectively, and both shattered Edward Cheserek’s former NCAA record of 3:52.01 set in 2017. The two men, who both wore the new Nike Dragonfly spikes, ran massive PBs and turned heads across the world. Is this all fitness, or is it time to praise the Nike Dragonfly spikes both of them wore?

So... is this Nike's world once again?

If we do concede that these spikes are a game changer, does it mean that Nike is far and away on top again? If so, how long might their latest reign last? And what does this mean for track?

Mr. and Ms. Pandemic 2021

The indoor season is well underway, and athletes across the world have been making headlines. Which two athletes, so far, have run faster and stood taller than the rest?


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