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Dutch BMX Olympic silver medallist in coma

AFP  |  The Hague 

Dutch van Gorkom, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was in a on Wednesday following a crash which left him with a damaged skull, officials said.

The 27-year-old was hurt after an accident in training at the at Papendal near Arnhem in the east of the country.

"After the accident, van Gorkom was taken to hospital. He has broken ribs, a fracture to the face, a tear in the skull and damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys. He is being kept in a at the moment," said a statement on the Cycling Union website.

Jochem Schellens, the of the Papendal sports centre, described the accident as "terrible".

"Our thoughts are with van Gorkom, his girlfriend and his family and we wish them all the strength in the coming period.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 09:50 IST