The women’s team pursuit world record has fallen twice in successive races at the Tokyo Olympics.
In a tight first-round tussle against Team USA on Tuesday afternoon, Great Britain posted a time of 4:06.748 for the 4,000-metre event, more than half a second faster than the 4:07.307 set by Germany in qualifying on Monday. Mere minutes later, in its race against Italy, Germany took back its record with a 4:06.166, over a second faster than the time it had posted just a day earlier.
The two record-breaking teams will square off in the gold-medal race later this evening. Team GB’s short-lived record was marred by a careless crash between two of the team’s riders just past the finish line.
More to come …