Frolov had the edge and looked bright right from the onset, quick on the offensive and decisive on the counter; he was relishing the opportunity to test himself against the very best in the world. 26 bouts won with the epée giving him 1024 points to top the leaderboard.
The rising star of French pentathlon, Valentin Prades, one of the outstanding performers this campaign, showed great skill and calmness under pressure to finish the fence just behind Frolov with a tally of 1000 points.
Ukraine’s Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy, who stands third after 23 victories in the fence, will now be hoping to keep it together and challenge for a medal later in the day. He has not experienced a podium finish for two whole years now.
After losing his World No.1 spot last month, Aleksandr Lesun of Russia will have been delighted to come in fourth in the fence. Experienced Latvian Deniss Cerkovskis took fifth place with 904 points, a total he now shares with Lithuanian Justinas Kinderis and Ukraine’s Pavlo Tymoshchenko.
Olympic Champion David Svoboda is down in nineteenth with the World top ranked pentathlete Adam Marosi from Hungary near the foot of the table in 31st position. Great Britain’s Jamie Cooke, winner of World Cup #4 Budapest last month, in 34th.