Gwala has represented South Africa twice in worldwide competition.
South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala is undergoing surgery after three men reportedly attempted to cut off his legs with a chainsaw.
A South African Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwani said: "A case of attempted murder was opened at Umbilo police station on Wednesday".
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The attackers also started sawing into Gwala's left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing vehicle to take him to a hospital.
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. Doctors believe they can save the leg that took the brunt of the punishment, AP reported. He dragged himself out of the bush onto the road and a private security auto picked him up and took him to the nearest hospital.
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.
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Jackson told The Guardian that Gwala had overcome drug and alcohol addictions to represent South Africa at global competitions in Chicago in 2015 and in the Netherlands past year. Jackson said. "From what we understand‚ he is in a cast". After the attackers fled, Gwala crawled to a road and flagged down a passing vehicle to take him to a hospital, Jackson said to the newspaper.
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 have never heard of any enemies that he may have", he said. We don't know yet how far they went in.
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