Terminator gets kicked in the back .... Watch video

Johannesburg, May 19: Having essayed a host of action hero roles over the course of his illustrious Hollywood career, legendary bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger has a tough, macho image.

That formidable reputation was however, not a deterrent for a South African man who decided to attack the former California governor at a fitness event here on Saturday. 

A video, which went viral on the internet and was also posted by Arnold on his Twitter account, shoed that the 71-year-old was interacting with fans during a skipping competition at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event when a man ran towards him before hitting him with a double legged drop-kick from behind.

Despite the seemingly powerful impact, the 'Terminator' star seemed unharmed and apparantly unhurt although he did stumble forward after the kick.

The attacker fell to the ground after the kick and was immediately restrained by security personnel who quickly bundled him away.

Schwarzenegger thanked fans on Twitter for their concern, but insisted there was "nothing to worry about".

According to the BBC, event officials have informed that the man was later handed over to the police.

In series of tweets, Arnold urged his four million Twitter followers not to be unduly concerned about the incident.

"I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realised I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you," Arnold wrote on Twitter.

He later urged fans to focus on the athletes at the event instead of the attack.

"We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let's put this spotlight on them," he tweeted.

The Arnold Classic Africa event takes place every May and features a range of events including bodybuilding and combat sports.

News24 Bureau

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