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Winter Olympics: South Korea's 'Iron Man' Wins First Ever Gold For Asia In Sliding Events

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| February 16 , 2018 , 17:24 IST

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin won a gold medal in men's skeleton, becoming the first man outside Europe and North America to win an Olympic medal in a sliding event. South Korea's Pyeongchang city is hosting the Games.

Yun gave the host country their second gold of the Games finishing ahead of Nikita Tregubov from Russia.

Yun, who races in an Iron Man-style helmet and red racing suit, has emerged as a Winter Olympics superhero for the host country, with excited crowds flocking to watch him compete.

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He was the most consistent performer throughout the competition as he headed into his fourth and final run with an incredible lead of more than a second.

While his counterparts stumbled and faltered on their runs, the headstrong athlete delivered yet again by having the fastest run down the ice and crossed the finish line at over 125kph in front of a euphoric home crowd.

"I made a lot of effort to make it this far. I hope this could be the beginning of skeleton in Korea, not the end."  Yun said.

Briton Dom Parsons took bronze after five-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Martins Dukurs of Latvia made mistakes in his final run. Parsons’ bronze was the first skeleton medal for a British male since 1948.