Kenyan swimmer, Hamdan Bayusuf who represented the country at the Rio Olympics in August was on Tuesday night attacked at his Nyali home.

The 22-year-old backstroke swimmer had responded to a distress call by his security guard when six people armed with machetes attacked him.

Bayusuf was rushed to Mombasa hospital and admitted in the ICU with serious head injuries, before being flown to South Africa for further treatment.

His coach, Farkry Mansur said he was flown down South accompanied by his brother Fahad, after getting into a coma.

“Things could have been worse had his father not responded quickly. The thugs’ motives are still unclear,” said Mansur.

“We urge police to quickly bring those involved to book.”

Bayusuf was one of only two swimmers who represented Kenya at the games in Brazil.

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti condemned the “cowardly” attack and asked the government to beef up security in the area.

Area residents have been complaining of rising insecurity in the area, citing many cases of break-ins.