Dutch short track skater suffers se­ri­ous burns

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS -

THE HAGUE, Nether­lands — The Dutch ice skat­ing as­so­ci­a­tion says Olympic short track sil­ver medal­list Sjinkie Knegt has suf­fered se­ri­ous burns af­ter an ac­ci­dent at his home.

The Royal Nether­lands Skat­ing Union says in a state­ment that Knegt’s clothes caught fire Thursday morn­ing as he was light­ing a wood-burn­ing stove. His left leg suf­fered third-de­gree burns.

Knegt, who won the sil­ver medal in the men’s 1,500-me­tre race at the Pyeongchang Olympics last year, was taken by am­bu­lance to a hos­pi­tal in the north­ern Dutch city of Gronin­gen, where he is be­ing treated.

Knegt was un­avail­able for this week­end’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships as he was re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury sus­tained last month when his leg was caught be­tween a door­frame and his fork-lift truck.

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