Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:45

British silver medallist Germaine Mason dead in motorcycle crash

Jamaican-born British Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason has been killed in a motorcycle crash, according to police.

The 34-year-old, a retired high jumper who claimed Team GB's first track-and-field medal of the 2008 Games in Beijing, is said to have died early on Thursday morning (20 April) after an accident that took place in Kingston. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Mason "lost control" of the bike while travelling along the Palisadoes main road.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted: "Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity."

Then representing Jamaica, Mason – raised in Kingston but eligible to represent Britain due to his father David being born in London – won World Junior Championship medals in 2000 and 2002 and later took bronze at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest before suffering a career-threatening knee injury.

The former Birchfield Harrier's switch of international allegiance was ratified by the IAAF in 2006 and he made his debut at the European Championships in Gothenburg. Two years later, he tied his personal best jump of 2.34 metres at the first attempt to finish behind Russia's Andrey Silnov and claim a surprise Olympic silver ahead of Yaroslav Rybakov on countback.