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British Olympic silver medallist, 34, is killed in a 4am motorcycle crash in Jamaica while riding in a convoy with Usain Bolt

April 20, 2017 2:19 PM
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British Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica early on Thursday morning.

The Jamaican-born high jumper was heading into the island’s capital, Kingston, at around 4.20am when he reportedly lost control of his BMW motorbike. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 34-year-old is believed to have been riding in the front of a convoy along with several other athletes, including his close friend track star Usain Bolt.

Mason, who has a five-year-old son, competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won a silver medal in the high jump event.

The high jump star, who was born in Kingston, lived in Jamaica but has dual nationality because his father is English and was chosen to represent Britain in 2006.

He is Jamaica's national record holder for the event, at 2.34m, or 7.67 feet.

Before migrating to the UK, he trained with the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track Club. He then moved on to train with Great Britain to prepare for the 2008 games.

Following his retirement, he returned to Jamaica to live closer to his family and friends.

Mason had been with several athletes, including 100m and 200m world record holder Bolt, 2005 world championship 100m silver medallist Michael Frater, and former Bolton defender Ricardo Gardner before Thursday's crash occurred.

Mason crashed his motorbike along Sir Florizel Glasspole Boulevard, in St Andrew's Parish, southeast of Kingston as the group headed into the city.

It is believed the other athletes stopped at the scene following Mason's crash, according to the Jamaican Gleaner.

Bolt - who was believed to be at the scene - was in an accident of his own in 2009 when he flipped his black BMW. He only needed minor surgery after stepping on thorns while getting out of the wreckage.

After news broke of Mason's death, several athletes poured out tributes on social media, including Johnson Thomson and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The news stunned Jamaica, a country that takes particular pride in its relatively large number of standout athletes in track and field.

Aside from his Olympic silver, Mason had several other wins. He received silver at the Junior World Championships in Chile in 2000, bronze at the Junior World Championships in Jamaica 2002, and bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest in 2004.

Mason's death comes less than four months after two other British athletes were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Tenerife.

Sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine were warm weather training in the region when the crash occurred.

Ellington suffered serious hip and leg injuries and is still fighting to save his career.


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