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Iranian Cyclist Commemorated At Closing Ceremony Of 2016 Paralympics


Bahman Golbarnezhad

Bahman Golbarnezhad

Rio de Janeiro bid farewell to the 2016 Paralympics on September 18 with a closing ceremony that honored an Iranian cyclist who was killed in a tragic crash.

The glittering musical celebration, which featured an unscripted conga line of dancing athletes, paused for a minute’s silence to remember cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad and his fatal crash during a road race on September 17.

Philip Craven, the International Paralympic Committee president, said in his closing ceremony speech that Golbarnezhad’s death had left the Paralympic movement “united in grief.”

The medals table during the 11 days of competition was dominated by China with 239 medals, including 107 golds.

Britain, the nearest rival, won 147 medals including 64 golds.

Ukraine was third on the medals table with a total of 117, followed by the United States with 115.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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