Jamaican-born British Olympic Silver Medallist Germaine Mason dies in Motorcycle Crash

Germaine Mason, the British athlete who won a high jump silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, has died in a motorcycle accident along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston.

Mason, 34,, died at the scene after losing control of his motorbike; with claims he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

He had been on a night out with triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, along with sprinter Michael Frater, and the group were riding home when the accident occurred.

Mason grew up in but switched allegiances to represent Great Britain in 2006 ahead of the Olympics in China in two years later.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness later tweeted: “Our sincere condolences to sporting fraternity.”

Mason who attended Wolmer’s High School for Boys is the national record holder in the high jump event. Mason is still the holder of the Jamaican national record in the high-jump, set before he emigrated to the UK.

As an athlete he was based at the Birmingham High Performance Centre but moved back to Jamaica in 2016.