David Svoboda of Czech Republic equalled the Olympic record by winning 26 of 35 fencing bouts Saturday to lead the men’s pentathlon at the London Games after the first event.

The 20-ranked Svoboda’s feat matched the best mark set by Alexei Moiseev of Russia on his way to winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

World champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia and Cao Zhongrong of China shared second, winning 25 bouts each. Defending champion Moiseev was fifth with 22 victories.

All 36 competitors fenced for one touch against each of the other athletes using an epee sword. The competition will continue with a 200-meter freestyle swimming event.

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