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Korean skeleton star opens his era with gold

24 February 2018

South Korea's Yun Sung Bin claimed the host country's second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, winning the men's skeleton on Friday.

The United States - five gold, two silver and two bronze - Austria, Japan and Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation all hold nine medals for their respective nations. That's a lifetime in sliding, especially when considering that the winning margin in the last four men's skeleton events at the Olympics is 1.21 seconds — combined.

Dom Parsons of Great Britain won bronze.

Roared on by a home crowd, South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history today.

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In the final fourth heat at the Olympic Sliding Center in Pyeongchang, Yun Sung-bin clocked in at 50-point-02 seconds for a cumulative three minutes and 20-point-55 seconds. It was even more meaningful since South Korean athletes, despite their speed skating prowess, had not won gold in the 15-hundred meter since the Games in Torino, Italy in 2006.

Sitting in second place is Germany, which has a world leading nine gold medals (17 overall) in the Winter Games.

This season, Yun finally showed he is no longer just a strong contender as he collected five victories and two runner-up finishes in seven IBSF World Cups and topped the IBSF rankings. South Korea's Pyeongchang city is hosting the Games.

By the fourth and final heat today (Feb. 16), it was clear he would win a gold medal barring any major mistakes.

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"I'm sure that Yun will dominate for the next 10 years", said Lee Yong, Yun's head coach. Getting us started the right way!

"It feels unbelievable to win Olympic gold", said Yun.

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. He emerged from Thursday's first two runs of the men's skeleton competition with a huge lead over Nikita Tregubov, one of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

"It became the best Lunar New Year's gift to our people".

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Korean skeleton star opens his era with gold