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Robbers try to cut off SA triathlete's leg with chainsaw

08 March 2018, 01:48 | Percy Christensen

Mhlengi Gwala has represented his country twice in international competitions and is tipped as a future star of the triathlon circuit

Mhlengi Gwala has represented his country twice in international competitions and is tipped as a future star of the triathlon circuit

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the attack had not been reported and could not comment further on the issue. They had a handsaw and went for one of his legs‚ which is the concerning part.

The motive for the attack is unclear. They then started cutting his legs with a saw.

According to Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program in KwaZulu-Natal province, the attackers damaged muscle, nerves and bone in the right calf but missed a main artery.

In the early morning hours of March 6, the 27-year-old (the BBC reports he's 26 while the AP reports his age to be 27) was pulled from his bike by three assailants who began to saw into the multi-sport athlete's legs.

"When he spoke to doctors they said they will be able to save his leg and he will be able to walk and run again but it is a long walk to recovery", Shange said.

"I have never heard of any enemies that he may have", he said. After the attackers fled, Gwala crawled to a road and flagged down a passing auto to take him to a hospital, Jackson said to the newspaper. "We are a little bit confused, we don't know who is behind everything".

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The men reportedly were interrupted by a security guard and ran away - allowing the bloody athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a vehicle to take him to the hospital.

Fellow triathlete and Olympic silver medalist Henri Schoeman tweeted about the attack on Tuesday evening.

He said:"We have spoken with Mhlengi".

"All we know is that Mhlengi is alive and he is talking and he is under medical care".

"We don't have the whole story as yet".

That's where the scene of a horrific incident involving South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala took place. Triathlons feature swimming, cycling and running.

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