DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) -- The South Korean city of Pyeongchang has been awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics after failing in two previous attempts.
Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich and Annecy, France on Wednesday in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee.
The Koreans had lost narrowly in previous bids for the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
Pyeongchang will be the first city in Asia outside Japan to host the winter games. Japan held the games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.
(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)