Mhlengi Gwala, South African triathlete, attacked with chainsaw to legs

Discovery                       Mhlengi Gwala

Discovery Mhlengi Gwala

The young athlete from Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal, has a promising sporting career and has already competed in two worldwide triathlons.

Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala was badly injured when robbers attacked him with a chainsaw on Tuesday morning, News24 reported.

Dennis Jackson‚ director of the SA Elite Athlete Development programme - which Gwala is a part of - said the motive for the attack remained a mystery.

A South African Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwani said: "A case of attempted murder was opened at Umbilo police station on Wednesday". Gwala thought the men were coming to rob him so he offered them his bike and everything else of value he had.

Gwala's training partner Sandile Shange told the BBC: "They kept on cutting and when they got to the bone, because the saw was not that sharp, the saw got stuck".

"They took the chainsaw, which they were not using electrically, but manually".

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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 auto to take him to the hospital. They missed a main artery.

Durban is located on South Africa's coast.

Mhelgi Gwala, 27, was out on a training ride when he was pulled into bushes by his attackers, who cut half way through one leg before starting on the the other.

Apparently dissatisfied with Gwala's belongings, the attackers then tried sawing off his legs instead.

"I have never heard of any enemies that he may have", he said. "We are a little bit confused, we don't know who is behind everything". Colleagues said the blade appeared to be too blunt and the men started on his second leg before stopping and running away.

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