The word ahead of the track events at the Tokyo Olympics was that the Izu velodrome was fast. That was proven correct on the first day of competition with Germany smashing the women’s team pursuit world record in qualifying.
After the French and Italian quartets set early markers of 4:12.511 and 4:11.666 respectively, Germany posted a scorching time of 4:07.307, nearly three seconds faster than the previous world record of 4:10.236. That mark was set five years ago by Team Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Team USA’s qualifying time of 4:10.138 was also under the old world record, but nearly three seconds slower than Germany’s new mark.
The women’s team pursuit final will be held on Tuesday evening. Qualifying for the men’s team pursuit will be held later this evening ahead of Wednesday evening’s final.
More to come …