Russia’s Rio 2016 champion Aleksander Lesun won the men’s title today at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup in Prague.
The 30-year-old from Barysaw, who has two individual world titles to his name, looked on course to win after dominating in the fencing and finished with 1,489 points.
Britain’s Joe Choong outsprinted Germany’s Marvin Dogue in the closing metres after producing an outstanding final 800 metres loop in the event’s concluding laser run to register 1,481, with Dogue earning a breakthrough bronze, just a point behiind.
Choong thus claimed his second silver in successive World Cups after winning his first medal in Sofia last month.
“I fought hard today,” Lesun told UIPM.
“I am satisfied with the venue, the horses and the course – everything.
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“But I think I can work harder for future success.
“I’m looking forward to the European Championships, the World Cup Final and the World Championships.”
Choong's silver came the day after Britain had taken gold and bronze in the women's race thanks to Kate French and Jessica Varley.
The Briton said: “I went into the final feeling pretty tired after three World Cups in a row, but I just found something I guess.
“We have a huge fan club with so many of our parents out here, and I heard them, having put myself into medal contention.
“When I heard them I thought ‘I’m going to go for this’.”
Choong’s compatriot, world champion Jamie Cooke, finished 12th.
Racing concludes in Prague tomorrow with the mixed relay.