Olympic silver for Nikita Tregubov, Dom Parsons makes history with bronze
PyeongChang (RWH): The Olympic hosts Korea have won their first ever medal in skeleton and with gold no less. At the Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeontChang, Sungbin Yun secured Olympic victory in front of a home crowd.
Local hero Yun, winner of the overall 2018 World Cup, was the favourite to take home the gold on his track. In the fourth and deciding run, the Korean athlete was already over one whole second ahead of World Champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia. After setting yet another track record (50.02 seconds) on his fourth run, his lead over second place rose to 1.63 seconds in the end.
Nikita Tregubov (OAR) won Olympic silver in PyeongChang. The Junior World Champion entered the final heat in fourth place. The World Champion Martins Dukurs (LAT), previously in second, slipped down the rankings and missed out on the third Olympic medal in his fourth and final Winter Games.
Another athlete making history in PyeongChang in 2018 was Dominic Parsons (GBR, 0.65 Seconds back): 70 years after Britain's last Olympic medal in men’s skeleton, the British athlete won bronze and the third medal in this discipline for his country. Olymic bronze also went to Britain back in 1928 (David Carnegie) and 1948 (John Crammond). ©RWH2018
Sungbin Yun (KOR, 2018 Olympic Champion, overall winner of the 2018 World Cup, bronze medallist in the 2016 World Championships)
“Lots of people were asking if I was under more pressure being the favourite. But I didn't really feel it. I really feel at home on this track and knew that I could be great.”
Nikita Tregubov (OAR, 2018 Olympic silver medallist, bronze medallist in the 2017 World Championships, Junior World Champion in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
“That was really close and the battle for the medal went on right to the end. Sungbin Yun is very strong and I just tried to do my best. To keep my cool, I just thought about my family and friends at home.”
Dominic Parsons (GBR, Olympic bronze medallist, tenth in the 2014 Olympics, fifth in the overall World Cup in 2016)
“That was incredibly emotional. After my last run, I thought that I had just missed out on a medal. I couldn't really believe it to begin with.”