Posted: 18 September, 2016
Cyclist Dies In Crash At Paralympics
"This is truly heartbreaking news"
A cyclist has died at the Paralympic Games in Rio after an accident in the road race.
Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, fell during the C4-5 road race, colliding with a rock and causing "grave head trauma".
He then suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to hospital.
"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 International Paralympic Committee said in a statement.
"The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival."
Golbarnezhad's family in Iran has been notified, as have his Iranian teammates.
IPC president Sir Phillip Craven confirmed it was the first time an athlete had died at a Paralympic Games.
"This is truly heartbreaking news," he said.
Golbarnezhad had competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
His lower left leg was amputated following injuries sustained in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
Australian cyclist Alistair Donohoe was also injured in the same race in a separate incident near the finish line.
He finished in fifth place.