- A South African triathlete suffered serious injuries after he was robbed on Tuesday
- The robbers tried to cut off the athlete's legs with a chainsaw
- According to doctors, the young athlete's tendons were damaged and he had to undergo surgery
Mhlengi Gwala, a 26-year-old triathlete, is reportedly undergoing leg surgery after attackers attempted to hack off his legs with a chainsaw on Tuesday.
Briefly.co.za gathered the incident reportedly took place during the early hours, when Gwala was training near the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.
Sue de la Porte, his athletic sponsor, said Gwala was approached by three men at around 03:15 in the morning.
The attackers then dragged him into nearby bushes, where they attempted to saw off his legs with a chainsaw.
"He tried offering them his cellphone and money, but they pinned him down and tried to saw off his leg," said De la Porte.
News24 reported the province' police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said they could not comment on the issue, since no attack had been reported.
According to De la Porte, a very badly injured Gwala is being treated at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.
"He is very badly injured. We've just spoken to the plastic surgeon and he is currently in the surgical ward."
The operation for his legs were scheduled for Wednesday, and new reports suggest the athlete is in surgery.
Gwala's friend and training partner Sandile Shange said doctors said the blood flow to his legs were good, but there is a problem with his tendons.
The incident is tragic for the promising athlete from Ndwedwe, who already competed in two international triathlons.
Triathlete Henri Schoeman took to social media to announce the news of his fellow athlete's attack.
Since news broke about the tragic attack, that could end Gwala's sport career, South Africans send out prayers for the athlete and his family.
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