Sungbin Yun claimed overall victory in his absence on a dramatic final day of the season ©IBSF

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin dramatically ended Martins Dukurs' run of eight successive International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) Skeleton World Cup overall crowns even though he was absent from the final race in Königssee today.

Yun held a huge lead coming into the finale after winning five of this season's seven events so far.

He appeared likely to miss out, however, after announcing he was skipping the event in Germany to focus on preparing for next month's Olympic Games on home ice in Pyeongchang.

This left Dukurs requiring a finish of 13th or better to claim a ninth consecutive crown.

It was then announced this morning that Dukurs had been retrospectively disqualified from the previous round in St. Moritz in Switzerland, where he placed third, due to the runners on his sled being too hard.

This meant that Yun won overall despite Dukurs placing second today.

German Axel Jungk won the final race for a first ever World Cup win in a combined time of 1min 41.61sec.

Axel Jungk of Germany celebrates victory today ©IBSF
Axel Jungk of Germany celebrates victory today ©IBSF

This put him just 0.02 seconds ahead of Dukurs, whose brother Tomass placed third in 1:41.84.

Yun therefore claimed the overall title with 1,545 points while Jungk was 38 behind in second.

Tomass Dukurs finished in third with 1,464, 24 in front of fourth-placed Martins.

There was no such drama in the women's event as Germany's Jacqueline Lölling sealed the World Cup title with a home victory in the final race.

She clocked 1:44.03 to win by 0.18 seconds over team-mate Tina Hermann.

Janine Flock of Austria was third in 1:44.30.

Britain's reigning Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold improved on recent results with fourth place, another 0.18 seconds back.

Lölling duly won with 1,628 points overall as Hermann climbed to second on 1,504.

Canada's Elisabeth Vathje took third place with 1,470, despite a disappointing ninth place finish today.