Yun's the one: South Korea's Yun Sungbin dominates skeleton for Olympic gold

South Korean short track speed skater Choi Min-jeong looks up at the board after finishing the women's 500-meter final at Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung Gangwon Province during the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics on Feb. 13 2018. Choi came in second

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history on Friday as he became Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after dominating the daredevil event at the Pyeongchang Games.

Yun clocked a combined time of three minutes, 20.55 seconds for his four runs, with Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete From Russia, taking silver.

He put forth a dominant performance in the men's skeleton to win not only his country's first medal in skeleton, but its first gold.

Now an Olympic gold medalist, South Korean skeleton slider Yun Sung-bin said Saturday he wants to see more of his compatriots standing on the podium at global competitions in the future.

BC-OLY-SKE-Men's Skeleton, 1st Ld-Writethru, 484 Yun's the one: South Korea gets men's skeleton Olympic goldAP Photo OLYBO175, OLYBO177, OLYBO178, OLYBO173Eds: Adds quotes. It is also South Korea's first medal in a sliding sport. Latvia's Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men's skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.

Before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, athletes from only nine different countries had won medals in skeleton.

Head coach Lee Yong said Yun knew the curves and turns of the Olympic Sliding Centre better than anyone.

Americans Matt Antoine, who won bronze in Sochi, and John Daly, finished Day 1 in 11th and 13, respectively.

In his fourth and final run, the South Korean broke the course record he'd already broken twice in his first two runs.

"Getting the gold medal in any Olympics is a very great result but getting the gold here in my home country is a very great honor, much bigger than that", he said.

"He doesn't speak very good English, so I was kind of turning to him like 'did that really just happen?" Dom Parsons of Great Britain won bronze.

For the USA, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.

"But this is just the beginning for me".

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