• Bahman Golbarnezhad at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Getty)Source: Getty
Iranian cyclist Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad has died after crashing at the Paralympics on Saturday.
Cycling Central

18 Sep 2016 - 7:38 AM  UPDATED 18 Sep 2016 - 8:02 AM

The 48-year-old fell from his bike in the C4-5 event in Rio. He received treatment at the scene and was in the process of being taken to the athlete hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The ambulance then diverted to the nearby Unimed Rio Hospital in Barra where he passed away soon after arrival.

"With immense regret, we have to say Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad...has died after an accident while racing," Iran's Paralympic Committee said in a statement.

Golbarnezhad was an experienced Paralympian competing on a route that included the Gruman circuit used in last month's Olympic road races.

This was Golbarnezhad’s second race at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. On Wednesday he took part in the time trial C4 race finishing 14th. He also participated at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and took up the sport in 2002.

"He was an exemplary Paralympic sportsman who, with love and energy, tried his best to promote the name of Iran and to make all of us proud and at the end, he gave his life for this," the Paralympic Committee added.

"All members of the Iranian cultural and sports camp here express condolences to his family and the Iranian nation. The name of Bahman Golbarnezhad will be inscribed in the proud history of Iranian Paralympics."