German, British and Russian athletes take the lead in the early modern pentathlon – NBC Los Angeles


Germany Annika Schleu took the lead in the ladies while Britain Joseph Choong shared the lead with the ROCs Alexander Lifanov for the men on Thursday, the first day of competition in the modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In the revised pentathlon format, the head-to-head fencing race takes place one day before the rest of the events, with shooting, riding and the running / shooting phases on the next day. The bonus round gives the athletes the opportunity to gain a few points, with the lowest ranked participants competing against each other and the winner against the next lower, this winner against the next lower and so on. Every win is worth one point, with the exception of the last fight, which is worth two points.

Schleu, who finished fourth in the 2016 Olympics, won 29 of their 35 fights for 274 points, 30 points ahead of South Korea Kim Se-Hee.

In the men’s race, Choong and Lifanov each had 25-10 records for 250 points, with many others close behind them.

None of the gold medalists from Rio are currently running.

The rest of the women’s competition takes place on Friday. The men’s competition is Saturday.

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