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Skeleton: South Korea's 'Iron Man' Yun gets gold

24 February, 2018, 09:20 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Sung-bin won the men's skeleton, giving South Korea its second gold of these Games and its first Winter Olympics medal ever in a non-skating event.

In front of his home crowd on Friday, Yun put on a dominant display in the men's skeleton, winning by a massive 1.63 seconds over Nikita Treguov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation.

Britain's Dom Parsons took the bronze in the daredevil event, which involves barreling head first and belly down along an icy chute. Though he didn't have an Olympic gold medal - only two silvers before coming to PyeongChang - Dukurs was the overall IBSF World Cup title holder from the 2009-10 season to the 2016-17 season, with 50 World Cup victories. Norway claimed the champion in a time of 51:24.3.

"I made a lot of effort to make it this far", Yun said.

Yun finished 16th in his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games, just two years after he took up the sport.


"Getting the gold medal in any Olympics is a very great result but getting the gold here in my home country is a very great honour, much bigger than that."Tregubov described his silver medal as "a very great honour".

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin competes in the men's skeleton at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on February 16, 2018. Yun later told reporters that he appreciated his fans. "We are off to a good start and I will work to do even better from now on".

Yun started the day as the top-ranked slider with a time of 1:40.35, setting track and start records at Olympic Sliding Centre.

Red Gerard was the first Team USA medal victor when he won a gold medal Saturday in slopestyle snowboarding.

He was the most consistent performer throughout the competition as he headed into his fourth and final run with an incredible lead of more than a second. But Yun has now opened a new era with his historic gold at home.

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