PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Happy new year, Yun Sungbin.
On a national holiday in Korea — the start of a lunar new year — Yun became a national hero, winning gold in the men's skeleton event at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
His four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds was 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia. It was the biggest victory margin in Olympic skeleton, topping 1948, when Italy's Nino Bibbia topped Jack Heaton of the U.S. by 1.4 seconds in a six-heat race.
Dom Parsons of Britain was third.
For the U.S., 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.
Antoine began the day in 11th place, but moved up to 9th after a third heat that turned out to be his best time of these Olympic games. However, he struggled in his final run, dropping him back to 11th place.