British Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason killed in motorcycle crash

Ben Bloom
The Telegraph
Mason won silver in the high jump at Beijing 2008 - Getty Images
Mason won silver in the high jump at Beijing 2008 - Getty Images

Britain's Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason has died after a motorcyle crash in Jamaica.

Mason, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, is thought to have been on his way back from a party in Kingston, Jamaica, in the early hours of Thursday morning when his bike came off the road.

Usain Bolt, one of Mason's close friends, was one of the first on the scene amid reports that the eight-time Olympic champion was travelling behind the former high jumper in the same convoy.

Jamaican police confirmed Mason's death with Jessica Ennis-Hill leading tributes to her former British team-mate.

"This is just awful. Such sad news," said Ennis-Hill.

Linford Christie also offered his condolences, writing: "Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day. R I P Germaine. Never forgotten."

Mason was born in Jamaica and competed for his home country for much of his athletics career, winning world junior and world indoor medals.

<span>Mason won silver in 2008 with a jump of 2.34m</span> <span>Credit: Getty images </span>
Mason won silver in 2008 with a jump of 2.34m Credit: Getty images

Eligible to compete for Britain due to his London-born father, Mason switched allegiance in 2006 and won Olympic silver two years later, equalling his personal best 2.34m to finish behind Russia's Andrey Silnov.

Blighted by serious injuries after those Beijing Olympics, Mason rarely competed in the following years and retired before the London 2012 Games.

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