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Russia’s Lesun takes gold in men’s modern pentathlon, USA’s Schrimsher 11th

Modern Pentathlon - Combined Running/Shooting - Olympics: Day 15

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Alexander Lesun of Russia celebrates on the podium with his gold medal for the Modern Pentathlon on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Russia’s Alexandr Lesun, who already had two world championships to his credit in the modern pentathlon, took gold in the Olympic competition Saturday.

Lesun compiled a total of 1479 points, just seven more than silver medalist Pavlo Tymoshchenko of Ukraine. The gold medal represents a bounce-back for Lesun, who four years ago finished 25th in the modern pentathlon. Entering the running/shooting portion of the competition with a slight lead over Tymoshchenko, Lesun posted a time seven seconds better than that of the Ukrainian to take gold.

With his silver medal Tymoshchenko is the first Ukrainian male to win an Olympic medal in the modern pentathlon. Taking bronze was Mexico’s Ismael Hernandez Uscanga, who won his nation’s first Olympic medal in either men’s or women’s modern pentathlon.

American Nathan Schrimsher finished 11th with a total of 1450 points.