Korean skeleton star opens his era with gold

South Korean national bobsleigh and skeleton team head coach Lee Yong speaks during a press conference at Team Korea House in Gangneung Gangwon Province on Feb. 17 2018

South Korean national bobsleigh and skeleton team head coach Lee Yong speaks during a press conference at Team Korea House in Gangneung Gangwon Province on Feb. 17 2018

Yun, who won the hosts' second gold of the Games, finished 1.63 seconds ahead of Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, while Briton Dom Parsons took bronze after five-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Martins Dukurs of Latvia made mistakes in his final run.

Yun, now No. 1 in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) rankings, claimed gold in the men's skeleton competition at the 23rd Winter Olympics on Friday, with a combined time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds after four runs.

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

The host country was center stage in Pyeongchang on Thursday night, with Yun Sung-bin of South Korea winning the gold medal to highlight Day 7 of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In the final fourth heat at the Olympic Sliding Center in Pyeongchang, Yun Sung-bin clocked in at 50-point-02 seconds for a cumulative three minutes and 20-point-55 seconds.

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Aussie John Farrow finished 16th with a time of 51.53.

Following Sunday's completion of action at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the medal count continued to be led by Norway and Team USA captured its second gold of the competition.

Now with the overall World Cup title and the Olympic gold, Yun has made a statement that he will be the next king in the men's skeleton world. "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. He has reportedly raced almost 400 times at Olympic Sliding Centre, probably the most among any other skeleton riders in the world, given that the Olympic track is in Yun's home country.

Prior to the PyeongChang Games, only nine countries had won medals in skeleton, but Yun re-wrote history on Friday.

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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