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Cyclist dies after crash at Paralympics in Rio

18 September 2016, 11:08

Rio - A cyclist competing in the Paralympics at Rio has died after crashing during a race on Saturday, reports BBC

Iran’s Bahman Golbarnezhad was taking part in the men’s C4/C5 road race at the Rio Paralympics when the accident happened.

Golbarnezhad, 48, suffered cardiac arrest after the incident on a mountainous stretch of circuit.

Also read: Rio Paralympics: Nigeria wins 7th gold medal

He was treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital nearby.

An investigation into the circumstances of the accident has been launched.

The Iranian flag has been lowered to half-mast in the Paralympic Village and a period of silence will be observed during Sunday's closing ceremony.

Golbarnezhad also competed at the London Paralympics in 2012.

- News 24


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