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Inside the Velodrome, a striking building home to the men's and women's team cycling sprints on Thursday. Its concave roof dips low in the middle and the 6,000 seats are right on top of the action.
The track promised to be a fast one, and that's proven to be the case in the time trials so far. The Ukrainian women's team set an Olympic record in the second heat, and the marks kept falling from there.
Britain got the crowd roaring with a world record (32.526 seconds) two heats later, but that stood for all of a minute. China came back in the next heat with an even faster time (32.447 seconds).
And it's hot! The temperature on the track has been turned up past 82F (27.8C) to create denser air to keep the riders glued to the track at top speeds. The way these riders are flying, it's only going to get hotter.
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