South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin captured the silver medal at the first skeleton World Cup held at the new Olympic track at home on Friday.
Yun finished runner-up to Martins Dukurs of Latvia by one hundredth of a second at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup at Alpensia Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics lying some 180 kilometers east of Seoul.
|Yoon Sung-bin (left) wins silver at skeleton World Cup (Yonhap)|
The medalists were determined after two runs. Yun had the fastest time in the field in the first run at 50.69 seconds, and had a time of 50.83 seconds for 1:41.52 overall.
Dukurs was second to Yun in the first run in 50.87 seconds, but topped everyone with 50.64 in the second run for a combined time of 1:41.51.
Tomass Dukurs, the older brother of Martins, finished in third place at 1:42.16.
This was the eighth and final World Cup of the season. With Friday‘s win, Martins Dukurs also clinched his eighth consecutive overall World Cup title at 1,662 points. A World Cup win is worth 225 points.
Yun entered the PyeongChang event ranked No. 2 overall, trailing Dukurs by just 24 points, and couldn’t erase the gap despite a strong showing Friday.
Yun also finished second overall behind Dukurs last season. (Yonhap)