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Modern pentathlon recap: Men's and women's fencing ranking round

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Lesun sets Olympic points record


Aleksandr Lesun is the men's favorite to win gold in the pentathlon and he gave us a peek as to why. The Russian native finished in first place going 28-7 and scoring 268 points, a new Olympic record.


The previous record holder, Andrei Moiseev of Russia, reached 256 in Beijing.


Nineteenth world ranked pentathlete Patrick Douge finished with 238 points to place second.


Omar El-Geziry was dominant for most of the event, finishing 23-12, good enough for third and 238 points. El-Geziry's brother, Amro, placed 18th with 208 points.



Defending gold medalist David Svoboda of the Czech Republic came in seventh with 226 points and American Nathan Schrimsher cracked the top ten to finish ninth with 220 points.


Great Britain's James Cooke, ranked number one in the world, was underwhelming as he only won 40 percent of his bouts and finished 28th. Hungarian Adam Marosi, who won bronze in London, finished a disappointing 24th.


The men return on August 20 to complete the remaining events and determine the medal winners.


You can check out the full fencing ranking round results here.


Nowacka tops fencing leaderboard in women's individual


The women's individual modern pentathlon kicked off Day 1 with the fencing ranking round.


Team USA's Margaux Isaksen appeared to injure herself in Round 7 against Xiaonan Zhang of China. She was seen getting her ankle taped afterwards in between rounds.


Isaksen has been battling injuries during the 2015-2016 season and hopes to rebound in Rio. She finished with 208 points, winning just over half of her bouts to finish 14th overall.


In her Olympic debut, Isabella Isaksen had a strong showing in the competition and finished 8th overall with 220 points.



Defending gold medalist Laura Asadaukaite had a bit of a disappointing performance as she finished in 11th place. She finished third in the fencing event at the London Games.


Poland's Oktawia Nowacka took the top of the leaderboard with 262 points as she went 27-8. Nowacka is the 40th ranked pentathlete in the world and finished 28th at the World Championships last June.


Following her is German Lena Schoneborn in second with 244 points and Melaine McCann of Canada in third with 238. Schoneborn won Worlds in 2015 and came in third this year. McCann is ranked thirtieth in the world and came in 31st at Worlds in 2016.


The women return on August 19 to complete the remaining events and determine the medal winners.


You can check out the full fencing ranking round results here.




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