South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala in hospital after attack with saw

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Mhlengi Gwala previously represented South Africa at global competitions in Chicago and the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

A South African triathlete is recovering after a gang attacked him with a saw.

Dennis Jackson‚ director of the Elite Athlete Development programme, of which Mr Gwala is part, said it was "bizarre", even in the context...

Police representative Nqobile Gwala told the BBC News that the case is being investigated as an attempted murder.

"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", his training partner Sandile Shange told the BBC.

Gwala was training near the University of KwaZulu-Natal at 03:15 when he was approached by three men and dragged into the surrounding bushes, according to his athletic sponsor Sue de la Porte.

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"The doctors say they will save his leg, but it will be a long road to recovery".

Mhlengi Gwala, an aspiring Ironman competitor who has represented South Africa at triathlon events since 2015, encountered three assailants while riding a training bike on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN and the Associated Press.

When the attackers reached bone, and were unable to continue because of the blunt blade, they fled, allowing Gwala to crawl back to the road where he was able to flag down a vehicle and be transported to hospital.

"I haven't quite got to grips with exactly what happened", Jackson told TimesLIVE.

Durban is located on South Africa's coast. "He is a wonderful ambassador for the sport".

Gwala's ordeal is eerily similar to the 1994 beating of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, whose leg was nearly broken by Tonya Harding's husband - an attack that left other athletes reeling.

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