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South Korean makes history with skeleton gold

24 February, 2018, 09:24 | Author: John Swanson
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He also became the first athlete from outside Europe or North America to win an Olympic medal in a sliding event, writing his name in the history books on South Korea's Lunar New Year holiday.

Nikita Tregubov, who competed as an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, was 1.63 seconds off gold, while England's Dom Parsons took bronze.

Dom Parsons of Great Britain won bronze.

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin enters the finish line in the fourth heat in the men's skeleton at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on February 16, 2018.

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Yun clocked 3 minutes and 20.55 seconds after four heats.

Yun Sungbin has spent thousands of hours at the sliding track his nation built for the Pyeongchang Olympics, studying every nuance and scrutinizing every inch.

Today's gold medal events will be in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating, skeleton and ski jumping.

The Canadian Press predicted 29 medals (9 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze) for Canada in Pyeongchang.

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Aussie John Farrow finished 16th with a time of 51.53. Yun later told reporters that he appreciated his fans. In his 13 heats in seven World Cups - which he won five and finished runner-up twice - Yun had the best start in 10 races, and even in the other three, he was second. "Yun showed to us that we can be the best in the world if we try and dare to challenge a new field", Moon wrote.

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.

Contending for the top of the overall medal table was the stated goal by the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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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