Tokyo 2020 Olympics track cycling day one: Records smashed in both team pursuits despite shock crash, and cycling gold for China

The first day of action on the track in Japan

Tokyo Olympics
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An opening day of track cycling at the Tokyo Olympics filled with records and riders tumbling, a crash for Australia in the men's team pursuit as first Italy and then Denmark broke Olympic records in the event.

Denmark, Italy, New Zealand and Great Britain will now compete for gold tomorrow in the team pursuit, while in the women's event Germany smashed GB's world record, qualifying as the first seed, while the old record holders came in second, USA and Italy third and fourth respectively.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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