Belaud started back in 10th position, 39 seconds the leader, but some inspired running and shooting meant that he over took Denys Pavlyuk (UKR) to win the gold.
"It is very incredible, very good combined. After the swimming, and after riding was good I had very good running and shooting, today was just my day" stated the Frenchman.
After crossing the finishing line Pavlyuk stated: "Of course I am disappointed as I thought I could be first, but I am very very happy."
Arthur Lanigan Of’Keeffe (IRL) who started the combined event 1st after winning the fencing managed the hold on for bronze which is the 1st ever medal Ireland has won on the international level.
Belaud was always in the mix throughout the day, finishing 4th in the fencing. A typically slow swim moved him back down the field and knocking down 3 rails meant he had a lot of work to do heading into the combined event a massive 39 seconds behind the leader Lanigan O’Keeffe. The Frenchman who finished back in 24th at last year’s Junior World Championships then produced the quickest combined event in a remarkable time of 10:15, which was 15 seconds than his nearest rival Pavlyuk.
Last year’s champion Jamie Cooke (GBR) finished 15th place which caps off a disappointing year for the young Brit.
Russia's was the best overall team and won gold ahead of a Belaud inspired France and the Czech Republic snuck on for bronze.
Russia stated after their gold: "We are very happy as we were in 2nd place mast year, so this year to get gold is a dream".