Olympics: South Korea's 'Iron Man' wins first Asian sliding gold

Peter Castro
February 17, 2018

Yun Sung-Bin has won South Korea's first gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, achieving a unique piece of history in the process.

His four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds was 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russian Federation.

He put forth a dominant performance in the men's skeleton to win not only his country's first medal in skeleton, but its first gold.

Roared on by the home crowd on the start of a lunar new year observed in Korea, the 23-year-old stormed to his country's second gold medal of the Games - with plenty to spare.

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

Matt Antoine of the United States reacts in the finish area during the Men's Skeleton heats at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

He is now 1.02 seconds faster than two-time Olympic silver medalist Martins Dukurs of Latvia.

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Head coach Lee Yong said Yun knew the curves and turns of the Olympic Sliding Centre better than anyone.

With each of the four runs counting toward a cumulative time that decides the final rankings, there could still be a lot of movement before the medals are awarded. He is looking to become the first Asian to win a medal in an Olympic skeleton competition.

Any medal for a host nation athlete will always cause excitement, but Yun's gold represented a huge milestone.

"The second run was the cleanest I've ever had on this track, so it's good to know I can do it", Antoine said.

Yun has clocked two minutes, 30.53 seconds over his three runs with Latvia's Martins Dukurs 1.02 seconds behind the South Korean, while Britain's Dom Parsons is in third. "I'm very proud to see our South Korean athlete excelling at skeleton".

Americans Matt Antoine and John Daly finished 11th and 16th, respectively.

"After the medal ceremony, I just went to the athletes' village and ate some food because I was so hungry", he said.

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