Bahman Golbarnezhad – an Iranian Paralympic Racing Cyclist died in an accident during Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics in an event of Men’s C4-5 road cycling. He was a Veteran of Iraq War and a powerlifter. In his Powerlifting career he won 13 gold Medals and 1 silver medal in all international competitions in which he represented Iran. He represented Iran in two Summer Paralympic Games, in London 2012 and Rio 2016. In Rio 2016, he was the only cyclist representing Iran.
Golbarnezhad’s death incident was marked first time after 1960 Summer Olympics that an athlete died on track during Competition. Bahman suffered a head injury after his collision with a rock on mountain of the circuit in Pontal in Western Rio. Immediate medical attention was given and despite having head injury, initially good vital signs were seen However, his condition deteriorated after he was transferred to an ambulance and he died from a Heart Attack while being transported to hospital.
Everybody was in shock after the incident took place. President of Rio 2016 Carlos Nuzman said: “This is very sad news for sport and for the Paralympic movement. Our hearts and prayers are with Bahman’s family, his team-mates and all the people of Iran.” Following it, the Iranian Flags were lowered to half-mast in the Rio Paralympic Village. A note of Silence was held during 2016 Summer Paralympic closing ceremony.
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