Yun clinches skeleton title, Jungk claims 1st World Cup win

January 19, 2018
Germany's Axel Jungk celebrates his victory with fans at the skeleton World Cup in Koenigssee, Germany, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin clinched the skeleton World Cup title despite not racing on Friday as Axel Jungk claimed his first World Cup victory.

Yun is the first South Korean to win the title, three weeks before the Winter Olympics get underway on his home track in Pyeongchang.

Yun finished with 1,545 points after taking five wins and two second-placed finishes earlier this season, 38 more than Jungk.

The German was fastest in both runs on the Koenigssee track, winning in a combined time of 1 minute, 41.61 seconds — 0.02 and 0.23 ahead of the Latvian Dukurs brothers, Martins and Tomass, respectively.

Tomass Dukurs finished third overall, ahead of his brother Martins, the defending champion and winner of the last eight seasons.

Jacqueline Loelling defended her women’s title later Friday, winning her fourth World Cup of the season to finish 124 points ahead of German teammate Tina Hermann, who was second in Koenigssee.

Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje finished third overall.

The competition was interrupted by heavy snowfall and recommenced after the men’s event.

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