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South Korea's Won Yun-jong wins World Cup bobsleigh overall title

The host nation for the 2018 Winter Games proves it will be a force to be reckoned with in the Olympic 2-man bobsleigh event.

Canadians Justin Kripps, Alexander Kopacz have top-10 finish

Pilot Won Yun-jong and his pusher Seo Young-woo of Korea celebrate their first place finish at the IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Cup on Feb. 27, 2016 in Koenigsee, Germany. (Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)

Pilot Won Yun-jong and brakeman Seo Young-woo gave South Korea its first overall bobsleigh World Cup title by winning the final race of the season Saturday.

The two-man title is the first in the sport for the host nation of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Won, who steered the Korean bobsleigh to his second victory of the season, said: "This is a great day for me and my country. I'm very proud."

Beat Hefti of Switzerland with brakeman Alex Baumann was .05 seconds back while world champion Francesco Friedrich of Germany and partner Candy Bauer finishing .15 seconds off the pace in third.

Won topped the season standings with 1,562 points. Nico Walther of Germany was second at 1,450 and Latvia's Ugis Zalims was third at 1,410.

Kripps & Kopacz crack top 10

Canadians Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz placed 7th at Konigssee. They clocked in at 1:39.78, 0.28 seconds behind the first place sled.

Chris Spring and Samuel Giguere just cracked the top-20, finishing 19th with a time of 1:40.55. 

Canadian World Cup standings good omen

Pilots Kripps and Spring had relatively successful World Cup seasons, finishing in in the top-20 which bodes well for funding opportunities heading to the 2018 Winter Games.

Kripps wrapped up the 2-man bobsleigh World Cup season in the top-10, being ranked 7th overall with a total of 1,256 points. Spring finished 13th in the standings with 985 points.

With files from CBC Sports

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