Paralympic Cyclist Death rocks Rio

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Paralympic games organizers reacted to the death yesterday of of an Iranian cyclist after a crash during a competition. 

The Iranian and the Paralympic flags were lowered to half-staff in the Paralympic Village Sunday.

Organizers at the Rio 2016 Paralympics said that the road course where an Iranian cyclist died after crashing on a mountainous stretch was picked, approved and tested by the Cycling International Federation.

Bahman Golbarnezhad received emergency treatment on the course, but the 48-year-old cyclist died at a Rio Hospital after going into cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital.

The cause of the crash was not clear, and officials said it was being investigated.

Officials said the cyclist never gave in to his physical limitations.

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