A week after claiming an impressive victory in the World Cup Final, Aleksander Lesun of Russia was at it again, taking a sublime gold in the men’s draw at Kremlin Cup to cap off an incredible few days for himself. With a prize money pot of $100,000 across the women and men’s draws, the competition was fierce.
Lesun got off to a perfect start with victory on the fencing pistes. 17 wins with the epee as he faced 23 opponents. He never relinquished his lead from then on, coming 6th in the swim in a time of 2:06 before a perfect ride put him on the combined pole.
In the final event of the day, the run/shoot, he made no mistake, cool, calm and composed, he was fast and powerful around the course and steady with his pistol on his way to claiming the winner’s trophy.
The fifth fastest time in the combined after coming 5th in the fence and 3rd in the swim gave Sergei Karyakin of Russia a well-deserved silver after almost a year away from top level international competition.
Egypt’s Yasser Hefny was inspired on his way to bronze as Pierpaolo Petroni of Italy came fourth as Stanislau Zhurauliou of Belarus made up the top five.