Jamaican-born British Olympian Germaine Mason dies in bike crash
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Retired British high jumper Germaine Mason died early this morning in a crash in eastern Kingston.
The Jamaican-born athlete reportedly lost control of the motorcycle he was travelling on about 4:20am. According to police reports, the vehicle ran off the road and he fell from it.
The police reported that the crash took place on Sir Florizel Glasspole Boulevard but eyewitnesses said it happened in the vicinity of the Jamaica Gypsum Quarry on Norman Manley Highway.
Mason, 34, a former student of the Wolmer’s High School for Boys is the national record holder in the high jump event.
He switched allegiance in 2006 to represent Great Britain and won silver in high jump at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has Tweeted his “sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity."