27-Year-Old Star Athlete Injured in Grisly Chainsaw Attack

March 07, 2018Mar 07, 2018

A disturbing incident has just taken place. A 27-year-old star athlete was brutally injured by attackers who used a chainsaw to try and cut off his legs.

The incident happened in South Africa while Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was trainman during the early morning hours. He is one of the world's top triathletes and was out for an early morning training session on his bicycle when attackers nabbed him from his bicycle.

"Several attackers pulled Gwala off his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves, and bone, according to Jackson, who spoke by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal. They missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg," said Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program for KwaZulu-Natal province.


Gwala reported tried offering his wallet and cell phone to the attackers when they grabbed him, but it appears they were only interested in cutting his legs off. Now, other athletes in the area are afraid to train alone.

"A friend of mine, cycling in the Durban area was robbed by three people this morning, Then they attempted to saw off both legs with a chainsaw. Blade too blunt and only got half way through one and started on the other. Absolutely disgusting! How safe are we on SA roads," wrote Henri Schoeman on Twitter.



Gala was able to crawl back to the road and flag down a passing car for help. He is currently recovering in the hospital after undergoing surgery. Doctors have not released a status update on his future ability to run again.

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