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Yun Sung-bin wins skeleton gold for host Korea on Friday. © Yonhap News

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Korea’s Yun slides to skeleton gold

Date : 16 Feb 2018

PyeongChang, Korea, February 16, 2018: Host nation Korea earned its second gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday when Yun Sung-bin won the men's skeleton, reports Yonhap News. Yun took gold with a combined time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds after four heats over two days. Nikita Tregubov (Olympic Athlete from Russia) was second at 3:22.18, followed by Dom Parsons of Britain at 3.22.20. 

Yun, world No. 1 in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation rankings, was the interim leader after his first two heats at Olympic Sliding Centre on Thursday with a combined time of 1:40.35, setting track and start records. He had 50.28 in his first run and 50.07 in his second attempt.

The 23-year-old Korean posted 50.18 in his third run and set a track record of 50.02 in his fourth and final race. It was an easy wire-to-wire victory for Yun.
 
After winning the gold, Yun bowed to the assembled South Korean fans to express his gratitude for the support they have shown him and waved Taegeukgi, the South Korean national flag Yun is now the first Asian to win a medal in the history of the Olympic skeleton competition. He also became the first South Korean athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics outside skating events. Korea’s first gold here came on the first day of the games in men’s short track speed skating.

"I'm just happy that I achieved my dream," Yun said. "When I crossed the finish line, the first thing that popped in my head was the gold medal. "This gold medal is for all the people who supported me, including coaching staff and my teammates. It also signals the start of South Korean skeleton."

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