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Skeleton slider Jung Seung-gi captures 1st career World Cup title

Jung Seung-gi poses with the trophy after winning the men's skeleton race at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup in La Plagne, France, on Dec. 8.  Courtesy of Korea Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation

For the first time in his career, Korean skeleton slider Jung Seung-gi is a World Cup champion.Jung won the men’s skeleton race at the latest International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup stop in La Plagne, France, on Friday (local time), with a combined time of 2:00.61 after two runs.Matt Weston of Britain was only 0.08 second behind in second place. Fellow Briton Marcus Wyatt and Christopher Grotheer of Germany tied for third in 2:00.94.

In the first run, Jung had the fastest time in the field with 1:00.15. In the second run, Jung posted the third-best time with 1:00.46. Both Weston and Wyatt put up better times than Jung in the second run but were not able to make up the ground.In both of the two runs, Jung had the fastest start: with 5.52 seconds in the first run and 5.51 seconds in the next one.The 24-year-old Jung is regarded as the next big thing in South Korean skeleton, following the 2018 Olympic champion, Yun Sung-bin. In the 2021-2022 World Cup season, Jung was the only Korean medalist in the men’s skeleton, with his bronze in Latvia.

In the 2022-2023 campaign, Jung grabbed three silver medals and one bronze medal, and then finally got his gold medal breakthrough at the second World Cup of the current season in France.Jung said getting his first World Cup title was “a dream come true.””I am really pleased to see my hard work from the offseason pay off,” Jung said in a statement released by his Seoul-based agency, All That Sports. “After posting the fastest time in the first run, I tried hard to stay focused and not get ahead of myself. I hope to reach the podium once again in the next 온라인카지노 World Cup.” 

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