Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Korea's Yun Sung-bin wins gold in men's skeleton

Korea's Yun Sung-bin wins gold in men's skeleton

Mayer won the speed race by 0.13 seconds ahead of Beat Feuz of Switzerland, who added the silver medal to his bronze from downhill on Thursday.

Yun won in commanding fashion at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds coming in 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russian Federation.

Yun clocked a combined time of three minutes, 20.55 seconds for his four runs, with Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete From Russia, taking silver. That was the start of an incredible adventure which was to end with an Olympic gold medal on 16 February at the Olympic Sliding Centre. Latvia's Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men's skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.

There was an outbreak of the norovirus among Winter Olympics security staff in the lead-up to the Games with 200 reported cases, but it appears that South Korea's efforts to prevent an outbreak have been largely successful so far.

Before these Games, only nine different countries had won medals in skeleton, where athletes throw themselves down an icy shute on the bellies head-first.

Such was the impact of Yun's victory that the host country's President Moon Jae-in sent a congratulatory message to Yun via social media, using one of the athlete's nicknames, the "skeleton emperor". Since South Korea first appeared at the Winter Olympics in 1948, all 55 of its medals including the medals won at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics have come from skating sports, with 43 of them earned by short trackers. Of course, that's every day in Pyeongchang.

Happy new year, Yun Sungbin. "That support really helped push me to win the gold medal".

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