|Full name||Aleksandr Leonidovich Lesun|
1 July 1988 |
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Coached by||Alexei Khaplanov|
Aleksandr Leonidovich Lesun (Russian: Александр Леонидович Лесун; born 1 July 1988 in Barysaw) is a Belarusian-born modern pentathlete from Russia. He is a multiple-time medalist at the World and European Championships, and is currently a top-ranked male modern pentathlete in the world by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM).
Lesun started out his sporting career as a swimmer, until he began with modern pentathlon at the very young age. He first competed at the European and World Junior Championships in 2008, and had achieved five top-ten finishes. In late 2009, Lesun moved to Russia from Belarus, and obtained a dual citizenship and a Russian passport. After having missed the 2009 breakthrough season in modern pentathlon because of citizenship issues, Lesun returned from the international scene in early 2010, and was formally admitted to the national team, by competing at the World Championships in Chengdu, China, where he won two medals for the individual and relay teams. He also added his first ever gold medal at the 2010 World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. He also led a strong Russian team, including former champion Ilia Frolov and two-time Olympic champion Andrey Moiseev to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow, in addition to his silver in the individual event.
In 2012, Lesun emerged as Russia's best medal prospect, and a top favorite to dominate the nation's victory streak at his first Olympics. He broke his silver streak in his 2011 breakthrough season and also, surpassed the former world and defending Olympic champion Moiseev to win his first individual gold medal at the 2012 World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Rome, Italy. Following his triumph, Lesun qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, along with Moiseev, to compete in the men's event, which included a first-ever combined running and shooting segment. During the competition, Lesun made a strong showing in the fencing segment, tying in second place with China's Cao Zhongrong for a score of twenty-five victories, but struggled to maintain his position in the entire event, with disappointing scores in freestyle swimming and horse riding. At the combined running and shooting discipline, Lesun progressed into the event in third place, until he was surpassed by Hungary's Ádám Marosi to win the bronze medal, dropping him out of the podium to a fourth-place finish, with a score of 5,764 points.
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