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Why Track Cycling Records Are Falling at the Tokyo Olympics

Germany's women break the record for the team pursuit.

Germany's women break the record for the team pursuit.

Photographer: Odd Andersen/AFP

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Izu, Japan (AP) -- Everybody expected records to fall when the track cycling program began at the Tokyo Olympics, but nobody expected the German women's pursuit squad to shatter the mark held by the two-time and defending gold medalists from Britain. Or the Chinese to lower their team sprint record. Or Denmark taking down the Olympic record in men's team pursuit.

All on the first day of competition.