(Olympic Games) Figure skaters enjoy record result; skeleton sliders disappoint

BEIJING, Feb. 10. (Yonhap) — It was a day of highs on the ice and lows on the track for South Korea at Beijing 2022, as the country’s streak of minimal victories came to an end after two days.

South Korea clinched its first medal on Tuesday, followed by its first gold on Wednesday. The country did not add to that total on Thursday, but figure skater Cha Jun-hwan made a small piece of South Korean Olympic history.

Cha finished fifth in the men’s singles competition at Capital Indoor Stadium with 282.38 points, a new personal best. This is the best Olympic performance by a South Korean male figure skater. Cha has outdone himself, finishing 15th in his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018.

Cha’s short program score (99.51) and free skate score (182.87) were also new career highs for the 20-year-old.

At the Yanqing National Sliding Center in Yanqing, northwest of Beijing, defending men’s skeleton champion Yun Sung-bin found himself in 12th place at the halfway mark.

Yun clocked a combined time of 2:02.43 after two runs. He is 2.10 seconds behind the leader, the German Christopher Grotheer.

The only other South Korean in action, Jung Seung-gi, sits in 10th place at 2:02.22.

Yun and Jung will have their third and fourth runs on Friday.

Elsewhere on Thursday, the South Koreans finished well behind the field in the classic women’s 10km cross-country ski race. Lee Eui-jin placed 72nd out of 98 in 34:07.9 and Lee Chae-won finished 75th.

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