Cyclist dies after accident at Paralympics

AN IRANIAN Paralympic cyclist has died in Rio after an accident in the road race on the penultimate day of the Games.

Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, fell during the event and died of his injuries despite an attempt to take him to the hospital for treatment, officials said.

"He unfortunately passed away," International Paralympic Committee (IPC) spokesman Craig Spence said.

Golbarnezhad 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.

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