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Belgian professional triathlete Sofie Goos was attacked and stabbed by an unknown assailant Sunday while on a training run at home in Antwerp. She is currently in stable condition at the Stuivenberg Hospital in Antwerp.

The attacker, unknown to Goos, stabbed her in the lower back, puncturing her right kidney. Goos briefly gave chase to the attacker, who fled, was captured and arrested shortly thereafter by local police.

“It is very difficult to understand that this is possible,” Bob De Wolf, General Manager of the BMC-Etixx Triathlon team tells LAVA. “We are all in shock and really feel for Sofie and her family.”

Goos, 36, who recently finished sixth at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on May 7th, is recovering at Stuivenberg Hospital in Antwerp in the intensive care unit, where she is getting care from both hospital and team doctors.

“The knife has injured one of her kidneys, and this has been monitored closely,” De Wolf said. “We are in close contact with the doctors and her partner, and Sofie is in good spirits.”

De Wolf said Goos’ health is priority, with her racing a distant focus. “Foremost we hope and pray for a full and speedy recovery,” he said. “It is way too early to provide any analyses on when she will be fit to race again, and this is also not relevant at this stage; most important is her recovery process. Sofie is an incredibly strong athlete and we strongly believe she will recover from this. ”

LAVA will update with further news as it becomes available.

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