With 10 Russians in the Final of World Cup #4, it is perhaps no surprise to see a home athlete in the lead. But Shugarov is one of the lesser known athletes looking to challenge the established Russian stars.
Shugarov's fencing is all about movement and energy and today he outwitted many taller and more experienced opponents to pick up 28 victories.
There were 22 victories for local hero Andrei Moiseev, who won the fencing on his way to picking up Silver in WC#3 in Hungary. Today he lies 3rd equal as the athletes head to the pool.
Others who showed deftness on the fencing piste included Omar El Geziry (EGY). He started extremely well but lost some ground as the session wore on, finishing in 7th with 20 victories.
"It went OK," he said. "But I feel disappointed because I lost several times when I know I got the touch. There was a fault with my equipment but that is my fault because it is the athlete's responsibility. I was going so well before that."
Stanislau Zhurauliou (BLR) lies second after the fencing, which is a strong event for him. It will be a surprise if he's still in this lofty position by the end of the day.