Winter Olympics: South Korea's Yun Sung-bin wins first Asian sliding gold

Ruben Ruiz
February 17, 2018

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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.

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

"A home ground advantage is strong in this sport", Yun said.

On what was already a day of celebration in the Korean calendar, as they country marked the Lunar New Year, Yun's performance on the sliding track had the nation glued to their TV sets.

He was somehow better in his second run, clipping 0.21 seconds off his course record in front of a frenzied South Korean crowd.

"I don't know, it hasn't really sunk in yet - I thought I'd lost it after that fourth run", he said after a mistake from Latvia's Tomass Dukurs allowed him to slip into medal contention. It was the Republic of Korea's first ever Olympic title away from the skating rink (the 27 previous ones have all come in speed skating, short track and figure skating).

Matt Antoine won bronze in Sochi, but had a mediocre season in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Games.

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"At first, we were a bit confused but now we know the track well and have practised runs nearly perfectly", the coach said.

"I was very lucky to be able to move up".

It was a bit of a disappointing start for the Americans, with Matt Antoine sitting in 11th place while John Daly is now in 13th place. However, he struggled in his final run, dropping him back to 11th place.

Dom Parsons of Britain was third.

"But this is just the beginning for me". "It may be a way to say goodbye to my career and close this chapter in my life, I don't know, but I'm just going to try to enjoy it".

"I was happy that I made this sport get more attention and get recognized by the people".

Competition will resume with the final two runs on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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