Aleksander Lesun, the leader of the World ranking is one of the favorites of the forthcoming World Championships . However Alexander does not see himself the winner of the Championships.
As you know I became a father and after the birth of my daughter I was totally absorbed with my family and tried to stay as long as I could with my wife and my daughter. I did not even watch all the competitions of the World Cup in Rostov, though of course I knew that Iliya Shugarov won.
What does the possibility of the victory at the forthcoming World Championships mean to you?
Very much. But Modern pentathlon is a very special sport with a very high competition. Moreover, to win, one needs very many factors to come together, therefore I try not to think about those things, just do my best.
Last year you were the second in the individual competitions, what do you need to do now to be the first?
To be stronger than I was in all disciplines.
You are number one of the World Ranking does it mean that you are the favorite of the forthcoming World Championships in Rome?
Not at all. These are two different things. The rating reflects the stability of the performance in the course of the season, as far as the victory at the World Championships is concerned it might belong to the athlete who had never been in the leading ranking before.
There are only two places from each country at the Olympic Games. In the national Russian team four strongest athletes have qualified to the Games. Does it have any physiological pressure on you?
I think it does, but very little, we have very good relations in our National team. Of course everyone wants to go to the Olympic Games
Going to Rome, will you think about the forthcoming Olympic Games?
I hope not and will try to concentrate only on the World Championships.
What disciplines you consider the key ones for the victory at the World Championships?
For me those disciplines are fencing and riding of course.
What is your main focus during the training period?
Who will be your biggest rivals?
This is a long list of at least twenty names. But my main opponent ( and I think I express the opinion of each athlete) is myself.
You won one World Cup, you are still the first in UIPM ranking list, cay that this season is successful for you?
No of course not, the main start is only coming.
Do you like to compete in Italy?
Yes I do like it.