Sungbin Yun earned the second World Cup victory of his career ©IBSF

Sungbin Yun continued to show his potential ahead of a home Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang by triumphing at the opening International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup of the season in Whistler.

The South Korean earned his first men’s skeleton World Cup victory in February and has now doubled his tally, following an impressive display at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

An excellent first run saw Yun lead the standings on a time of 52.84sec, with last year’s World Cup winner Martins Dukurs of Latvia ominously poised in second on 52.90.

Yun held onto first place, though, by clocking 53.02 in the second run, giving him an overall time of 1min 45.86sec.

He finished ahead of Olympic champion Alexander Tretyakov of Russia by 0.12 seconds, while the United States’ Matthew Antoine completed the podium on 1:46.22.

The surprise came with Dukurs finishing in fourth in 1:46.26, following a slow second run, with the Latvian failing to reach the World Cup podium for the first time since December 2013.

Kaillie Humphries and Cynthia Appiah triumphed in the women's bobsleigh event ©Twitter/IBSF
Kaillie Humphries and Cynthia Appiah triumphed in the women's bobsleigh event ©Twitter/IBSF

Kaillie Humphries and Cynthia Appiah combined to win the first women’s bobsleigh event of the season, with the pair clocking 1:46.53 for their two runs.

The Canadians were fastest on both runs, clocking times of 53.19 and 53.34 to earn a comfortable victory.

Austria’s Christina Hengster and Sanne Monique Dekker finished as the runners-up, after they finished in 1:46.77.

The bronze medal was claimed by Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs, with the American pair finishing in 1:46.86 after two runs.

Russia celebrated success in the four-man event with Alexander Kasjanov piloting his team to victory in a time of 1:42.51, having clocked the fastest first and second runs.

Peter Rico guided his Swiss team to second place in 1:42.71.

Germany completed the podium as Johannes Lochner piloted his crew to end third in 1:42.94.