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Winter Olympics silver medallist treated for third-degree burns after lighting himself on fire

The Dutch ice skating association says Olympic short track silver medalist 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 overnight, 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 1500-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.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands
Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands Source: Associated Press


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