A thrilling day of competition saw Lesun take the early advantage with 36 bouts won in the fence to claim 1080 points ahead of second placed Hungarian Robert Kasza. 2011 World Cup Final winner Kasza was just returning to action following a serious shoulder injury sustained at World Cup #2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
New kid on the block Roman Diachkov from Russia was equal on 960 points with Kasza after the fence with Frolov and Egypt’s Amro El Geziry making up the top five before the swim.
In the pool, it came as no surprise to see El Geziry set the fastest time at 1:59:13, just ahead of Great Britain’s Nick Woodbridge. Lesun at this point was still top of the leaderboard on 2372 points.
Just like in the ladies draw, there were several perfect scores in the riding event, with seven athletes securing a maximum 1200 points. All very close with just the combined to go.
A topsy-turvy final event, with so many in the running for first place, had spectators on the edge of their seats but it was the level-head of Frolov, who was spot on with his aim and confident around the course, who took the lead after the final round of shooting to confidently bring home the trophy in front of a delirious crowd. Lesun eventually finished second, six seconds behind his fellow countryman to make it a Russian one-two podium. Kasza celebrated a well-deserved bronze after three months out of action.
El Geziry finished a confidence-boosting fourth with the fastest man in the combined with a time of 11:39:40 Riccardo DeLuca making up the top five.
World Cup #3 Chengdu winner Pavlo Tymoshchenko from Ukraine was the second fastest in the combined and was sixth overall. Lithuania’s Justinas Kinderis, silver medal winner at the World Cup Final in Nizhny Novgorod earlier this month, was ninth.