Jamaican-born high jumper dies in crash

Germaine Mason

Jamaican-born British high jumper Germaine Mason has reportedly died in a motorvehicle accident along  the Palisadoes Road in Kingston this morning . He was 34.

Mason, who won a silver medal in the high jump for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, was a close friend of eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. He holds the Jamaican high jump national record of 2.34m.

Mason was born in Jamaica on January 20,1983, and attended the Wolmer's Boys' School.  While representing Jamaica, he won gold at the Junior Pan Am Games in 2000 and again in 2002, in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Bridgetown, Barbados respectively. At the World Junior Championships held in Chile in 2000, Mason won the silver medal in the high jump and  in 2002, the bronze medal, before his home crowd in Kingston.

He won the high jump title at the Pan American Championships in 2003.

He was a member of the MVP Track Club in Jamaica, alongside fellow Olympians Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Brigitte Foster Hylton but left the club in 2005. He eventually changed allegiances in 2006, representing Great Britain at the behest of his mother.

At the time of his death, Mason operated a micro-financing business in Kingston.

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