Jamaican athlete killed in motorcycle accident on Palisadoes Road

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Olympic silver medal high jumper Germaine Mason died in a motorcycle crash in Kingston, Jamaica, early Thursday morning.

Jamaican-born Mason was heading into Kingston at around 4.20am when he lost control of his motorbike along the Palisadoes main road and crashed, dying instantly.

The 34-year-old was reportedly riding in the front of a convoy with several other athletes. Many reports say that track star Usain Bolt, was among the athletes, but according to Yardfles sources, Bolt was not a part of the convoy. Bolt, who is a close friend of Mason's, reportedly arrived at the scene after the accident.

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Mason, who has a five-year-old son, is Jamaica's record holder in the event at 2.34m, or 7.67 feet. He had been trained by the Stephen Francis-coached MVP, prior to 2006 when he left Jamaica to represent Britain. The high jump star, who was born in Kingston, lived in Jamaica, however, Mason, whose father is British, had dual citizenship.

The athlete competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won a silver medal for Great Britain in the high jump event.

Mason continued to compete until he retired from the sport in 2016.

Mason had been with several athletes, including 100m and 200m world record holder Bolt, 2005 world championship 100m silver medallist Michael Frater, and former Bolton defender Ricardo Gardner before Thursday's crash occurred.

After news broke of Mason's death, several athletes poured out tributes on social media, including Johnson Thomson and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted: 'Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting community.'

 

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