Yun Sungbin Tops Skeleton Qualifying Results at 2018 Winter Olympics

Yun Sungbin Tops Skeleton Qualifying Results at 2018 Winter Olympics

Anthony Watson, the first Jamaican to compete in the skeleton event at the Winter Games, had a nervous start in his Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday night (Thursday morning, South Korea time).

The South Korean star posted a combined time of one minute, 40.35 seconds in his two heats, putting him 0.74 seconds ahead of Russian athlete Nikita Tregubov in second place.

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.

The Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin native fared better on his second run. The final rankings will be decided after all four runs. He was most impressive coming out of the gate, breaking his own record with a 4.59-second start. Martins Dukurs of Latvia, two-time Olympic silver medalist, was third with 1:41.23.

If two riders are tied (after four runs) they are awarded the same place.

There are two rounds remaining in the competition, which begins February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The 23-year-old is looking to become the first Asian to claim a medal in an Olympic skeleton competition.