Alex Cyr and Michael Doyle unpack a stacked women's race, which features the last four world record holders in the half marathon. On the men's side, Joshua Cheptegei, who has had perhaps the single most dominant year in track history, is running his debut half marathon. Can he do something special (perhaps one last world record in 2020), or will there be a surprise champion?

The 5 Stories to Follow at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships
The only World Athletics finale to still go ahead in 2020 will feature Joshua “Pandemic Man” Cheptegei, the third fastest marathoner in history, a battle between two WR holders, and more.

And finally, we discuss the situation in Poland, with an escalating COVID-19 public health crisis, and several nations opting to sit out these championships. Is this a preview for larger competitions to come, where certain countries opt to pull their athletes, while others go ahead with the competition?

Be sure to follow @theXCorg on race morning (5 a.m. ET) for live coverage. We'll also be posting our instant reaction podcast immediately following the races in Gdynia, Poland.

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