Germaine Mason: Former high jumper dies in Jamaica motorbike 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.

He claimed world indoor bronze for Jamaica in 2003 but was eligible to represent Britain because his father David was born in London, and he switched allegiance three years later.

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

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

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Germaine Mason: Former high jumper dies in Jamaica motorbike crash

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