Rio De Janeiro: The Paralympics have been marred by tragedy after a competitor in the men’s cycling road race died following a crash in the race.
Iranian Bahman Golbarnezhad was rushed to hospital after a fall competing in the C4-5 event in Rio today.
But despite receiving emergency treatment on the course and on the way to hospital, the 48-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital.
Golbarnezhad was born in Shiraz, Iran. He also competed in the London Paralympics and didn’t medal.
The road races began at Pontal and included the Grumari circuit incorporated in the Rio Olympics road races.
The Vista Chinesa circuit – which included a treacherous descent where Holland’s Annemiek van Vleuten crashed into the curb, sustaining heavy concussion – was not part of the Paralympic course.
Golbarnezhad was 14th in the time-trial on Wednesday and was Iran’s sole cyclist at the Rio Games.
Iran’s NPC said in a statement: “Regretfully, I.R.IRAN NPC announces that Mr. Bahman Golbarnezhad, passed away because of his accident during the competition.”