Tragedy at Paralympics as Iranian cyclist dies
An Iranian Paralympic cyclist died Saturday after an accident in the road race on the penultimate day of the Rio Games, a Paralympic official said
"He unfortunately passed away," International Paralympic Committee (IPC) spokesman Craig Spence told AFP.
Golbarnezhad's accident occurred during the more than two-hour C4-5 road race for athletes with varying disabilities but still able to cycle. He was in the first section of a mountainous descent when he fell.
"The athlete received treatment at the scene and was in the process of being taken to the athlete hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest," the IPC said in a statement. "The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival."
Iranian Paralympic officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.