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South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin wins historic skeleton gold

The 23-year-old Yun became the first Asian to win gold in skeleton at the Winter Olympics.

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Medals Ceremony - Skeleton - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Skeleton - Medals Plaza - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 16, 2018 - Gold medalist Yun Sung-bin of South Korea on the podium. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin claimed gold in the men’s skeleton event at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the hosts’ second gold medal of the Games.

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 Russia.

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

The bronze went for Dom Parsons, who claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the Games.

Adding fervor to Yun’s medal, he achieved the feat on a national holiday in South Korea: The lunar new year.


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