South Korea's skeleton racer Yun Sung-bin is on pace for the country's first Olympic gold medal in the men's skeleton event.
Yun, now ranked No. 1 in the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) rankings, posted a combined time of 1 minute, 40.35 seconds after his two runs at Olympic Sliding Centre to take first place among 30 sliders in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, 180 kilometers east of Seoul.
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He broke that record in his second run, clocking in at 50-point-zero-seven seconds for a combined time of one minute and 40-point-35 seconds.
The Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin native fared better on his second run. The four times will be added together and the slider with the fastest total time will get the gold medal.
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The 23-year-old burst onto the scene over the past year with a World Cup title, making him the favorite to bring home gold in this competition. "Even though I've been doing it for 15 years, I still enjoy that race day preparation", Antoine said.
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Nikita Tregubov of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) was second with 1:41.09. The remaining two heats will be on Friday.