Апреля 24, 2018

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin maintains lead in men's skeleton

24 Февраля 2018, 09:19 | Nina Mathis

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With a total time of 3m20.55s, Yun put in a dominant performance in front of his home crowd, stopping the clock 1.63 seconds ahead of second placed Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation.

"It has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started off in skeleton", the South Korean told reporters after winning by a record margin of 1.63 seconds.

The bad: No medals in the men's 1,500 metres in short track or women's snowboard slopestyle, as well as a rough 0-3 start by Rachel Homan's curling team before winning its first game.

The coronation of South Korea's skeleton emperor Yun Sung-bin was staged with thousands of cheering fans who braved the cold to watch their new Olympic hero receive his gold medal on Friday.

In the third heat, Yun had a time of 50.18, but in his final race, he clocked a track record of 50.02 to become the fastest slider among the 30 competitors. Norway claimed the champion in a time of 51:24.3. The gold medal game is on February 22.

South Korea has always been a powerhouse in short-track speed skating and "Queen" Kim won the country's first figure skating gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, sparking more local interest in winter sports.

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Yun finished 16th in his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games, just two years after he took up the sport. She repeated as the gold medal victor after also taking first place in Sochi.

Dukurs only had two gold and three silver in this World Cup season, ending the season as world No. 4.

"I didn't show 100 percent, so I will show 100 percent (Friday)", Yun said.

"It feels unbelievable to win Olympic gold", said Yun. He has reportedly raced almost 400 times at Olympic Sliding Centre, probably the most among any other skeleton riders in the world, given that the Olympic track is in Yun's home country.

The 23-year-old was by far the most consistent performer throughout the competition and headed into the decisive fourth and final run with a virtually unassailable lead of more than a second.

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