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

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu at Medal Plaza

South Korea's Yun Sung Bin claimed the host country's second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, winning the men's skeleton on Friday.

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 Russian Federation.

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.

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.

Yun built a lead of more than one second after three runs, ensuring that only a major error - which he averted - in the final heat could rob him of a highly-anticipated gold medal in front of a home crowd that has closely followed the popular athlete's Olympic journey.

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

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Dukurs, also a five-time world champion, finished fourth at the PyeongChang Olympics with a combined time of 3:22.31.

Yun finished 16th in his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games, just two years after he took up the sport.

Marit Bjoergen (R1) of Norway celebrates with teammates after crossing the finishing line of ladies 4x5km relay of cross-country skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre, PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2018. The fourth heat is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m.

"I just want to turn my phone off and go to sleep", Yun told reporters after his historic win. "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. "It is an unbelievable experience to get a medal in this Olympics".

"It became the best Lunar New Year's gift to our people".

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