Germaine Mason: Former GB high jumper, 34, dies in Jamaica motorbike crash

 

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British Olympic high jump silver medalist Germaine Mason has died at the age of 34 after a motorcycle crash, police in Jamaica have said.

The Jamaica-born athlete, who switched to represent Great Britain in 2006, won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity,” tweeted Jamaica prime minister Andrew Holness.

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Mason won Britain’s first athletics medal of the Beijing Games, finishing second behind Russian Andrey Silnov.

The Jamaica Constabulary wrote on Twitter: “Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning.”

Mason claimed world indoor bronze for Jamaica in 2003 and recovered after suffering a career-threatening knee injury the following year.

He was eligible to represent Britain because his father David was born in London, and he switched allegiance two years before the Beijing Games.

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On his Olympic debut, he managed 2.34m at his first attempt, with favourite Silnov the only athlete to clear 2.36m.

British sprinter James Ellington, who was left with a broken pelvis after a motorbike accident in Spain in January, was among those to pay tribute to Mason.

“Can’t believe the news I have just heard about Germaine Mason. RIP Germaine – life is delicate,” he said.

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