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Triathete suffers bad cuts to legs after being attacked with a chainsaw

by CyclingTips

Triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is recovering from surgery after being attacked while on a training ride on Tuesday. The South African was training in Durban and was assaulted by three men, who tried to cut off his legs with a chainsaw.

“He thought they were coming to rob him, stopped and gave them his phone but they didn’t want his phone, didn’t want his watch or bicycle,” said training partner Sandile Shange, according to the BBC. “They dragged him to the side of the road to some bushes, took a saw and started cutting his legs.

“They kept on cutting and when they got to the bone, because the saw was not that sharp, the saw got stuck. When they saw it was getting stuck they started on the other leg.” It is not clear what the reason for the attack was.

Gwala underwent surgery and, according to an official, is “doing well.” According to KwaZulu-Natal province elite athlete programme director Dennis Jackson, he will compete again. “Don’t be surprised if in a year or two, we see him back on the world stage,” he told the BBC. “Like a lot of young kids, he had a bit of trouble growing up but he decided that he wanted to change his life and take up sport, and that’s what he did.

“So when people ask me now: ‘Is he going to overcome this?’ I say, ‘For sure. He’s got the mind, he’s got the will, he’s got the strength.'” Meanwhile a crowdfunding campaign has raised more than €38,000 ($46,000) for Gwala. It was set up on Wednesday.

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