Beijing Olympic silver medallist Mason dies in motorcycle crash

Germaine Mason, who died on Thursday, has been described as an "outstanding athlete" and a "great ambassador of British high jumping".

The 2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica on Thursday.

Mason was killed after the 34-year-old reportedly lost control of the vehicle in St. Andrew Parish, south-east of Kingston.

The retired Jamaica-born athlete was runner-up in the Beijing Olympics nine years ago after equalling his personal best leap jump of 2.34 metres.

UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos said in a statement: "Our staff and colleagues who worked with Germaine are naturally saddened to hear this awful news.

"Our deepest sympathies go to Germaine's friends, family and the athletics community at this difficult time."

Fuzz Caan, senior high jump coach at British Athletics, said: "Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man. He had a wry sense of humour and was a pleasure to be around.

"He was a great ambassador of British high jumping. It is an honour for us to have him as part of our sporting history."

 

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