PyeongChang 2018 crowns new local hero Yun Sung-bin


Yun Sung-bin is on track to becoming the first athlete from outside Europe and North America to win an Olympic sliding medal on Friday after building a lead of more than a second in the skeleton with one run remaining at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Yun also became to first Asian athlete to win the gold, clocking a time of 50-point-02 seconds in the fourth heat for a cumulative time of three minutes and 20-point-55 seconds at the Olympic Sliding Center in Pyeongchang, ranking number one among 30 athletes.

Meanwhile, Martins Dukurs will be trying hard for his first gold medal after being the best in the sport for almost a decade.

Dom Parsons captured the bronze medal in the skeleton, giving Great Britain its first medal of the 2018 Games.

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.

It was the biggest margin of difference in Olympic skeleton history, surpassing 1948 Nino Bibbia's record of 1.4 seconds.

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

"Yun! Sung! Bin!" they chanted, over and over. Because it's a national holiday in South Korea, Yun had wondered how much support he would receive.

Yun smashed that. South Korea has its first Olympic sliding gold, and got it emphatically. But so many people came to watch and I know many more watched on TV.

"It is not my effort alone that got me this medal", Yun said. "It's a great honour".

"I was very lucky to be able to move up". Kim Jisoo finished the first run in fourth and is in sixth heading into the final two runs.

The Republic of Korea has always been a powerhouse in short-track speed skating, while Yuna Kim won the country's first figure skating gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, spurring more local interest in winter sports.

The most decisive Olympic skeleton champion ever is a 23-year-old who had no idea what he was doing on a sled a few years ago and now stands taller than anyone else in the sport.