Yun Sung Bin claimed a historic Olympic skeleton gold for Winter Games hosts South Korea on the nation's Lunar New Year holiday - the first sliding sport medal of any kind for an athlete outside Europe and North America. Yun was simply dominant.
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. Martins Dukurs of Latvia, who won silver in Sochi, is in third place, 0.88 seconds back of Yun.
Americans Matt Antoine, who won bronze in Sochi, and John Daly, finished Day 1 in 11th and 13, respectively.
"It has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started off in skeleton", the South Korean said after triumphing by a record margin of 1.63 seconds.
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Canada is holding strong in third place with 15 overall medals, while Netherlands (13) is the only other country to have double-digit athletes reaching the medal podium.
With only a potential disaster to stop him from securing gold, "Iron Man" again delivered the fastest run down the ice and thundered over the finish line at over 125 kph in front of a euphoric home crowd where he took off his helmet and gave a deep bow on his hands and knees. The top four teams will progress to the semi-finals of the competition.