David Svoboda of the Czech Republic took the lead in the Olympic men's modern pentathlon after winning the initial shooting phase of the competition Thursday.
Svoboda topped the 10 metre pistol competition ahead of China's Qian Zhenhua with another Czech, Michal Malik, close behind on third.
Svoboda scored 191 out of a maximum 200 in the shooting, which converted into a score of 1,228 points with Qian's 189 yielding a corresponding total of 1,204. Michalik's 188 total gave him 1,192 points.
The top 10 were closely bunched at the end of the initial section of a competition which also features fencing, swimming, horse riding and running, all in the same day.
Svoboda was runner-up in this year's world championships, held in May and June. But the man who beat him, Russia's Ilya Frolov, was down the Olympic field in 22nd place.
However, according to figures released by Beijing organisers, no winner of the men's shooting section has gone on to win overall Olympic gold in the modern pentathlon.