South African triathlete‚ Mhlengi Gwala‚ was attacked by chainsaw-wielding robbers while training in Durban on Tuesday‚ a friend has revealed.

Fellow triathlete Henri Schoeman shared the shocking crime on his official Twitter account.

He extended his support to Gwala‚ "in his operation and road to recovery".

"We all stand behind you and support you as we need to make cycling safer on the roads in South Africa!‚" said Schoeman.

The sporting fraternity was shocked by the news.

Donovan Geldenhuys commented‚ "Utterly disgusting! @MhlengiGwala is a true gentleman‚ I can’t even imagine this happening‚ it’s sickening! Praying for him to heal up quick."

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