GB Olympic medallist Mason, 34, dies in crash

Germaine Mason

Germaine Mason switched allegiance to Great Britain two years before the 2008 Olympics

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

The Jamaican-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.

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 Olympics.

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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Mason cleared 2.34m on his first jump in the Olympic final

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