British Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason killed in motorcycle accident

first_img GERMAINE MASON, the Jamaican-born British high jumper who took a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, died today in a motorcycle crash near Kingston.34-year-old Mason was killed in an early morning mishap when he lost control of his motorcycle as he drove toward Kingston and died at the scene.“Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity,” tweeted Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness.Mason began competing for Britain in 2006 having taken bronze for Jamaica at the 2004 world indoors, silver at the 2000 world juniors in Chile and bronze at the 2002 world juniors in Kingston.“Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man,” said Fuzz Caan, a senior high jump coach at British Athletics who worked with Mason during his time as Olympic champion. “He had a wry sense of humour and was a pleasure to be around.He was a great ambassador of British high jumping. It is an honour for us to have him as part of our sporting history.”Mason, still the Jamaican national record holder in the event, matched his personal best of 2.34m to claim silver at Beijing, one of a then-record 47 British Olympic medals taken in China.“The whole of the British Olympic Aassociation is incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Germaine Mason,” said BOA chief executive Bill Sweeney.“Germaine was a great athlete, an Olympian and a silver medal-winning part of Team GB who made history at Beijing 2008. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”Other British athletics stars were stunned and saddened at the news. Fellow Olympian medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill tweeted: By AFP Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23,373 Views British Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason killed in motorcycle accident The 34-year-old former high jumper died when his vehicle crashed in Jamaica. Mason holding up his silver medal. 2 Comments Short URL My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Germaine Mason’s family & friends. A tragic loss of such fun & loving person. 🙏🏾 #ingodshands— Denise Lewis (@RealDeniseLewis) April 20, 2017 Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 3:38 PM Mason holding up his silver medal. Image: EMPICS Sport Image: EMPICS Sport 1992 Barcelona Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie added: Share Tweet Email1 This is just awful. Such sad news. https://t.co/dBECw1WbtF— Dame Jess Ennis-Hill (@J_Ennis) April 20, 2017 Source: Linford Christie/Twitter Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day..R I P Germaine . Never forgotten— Linford Christie (@ChristieLinford) April 20, 2017 Source: Denise Lewis/Twitter Denise Lewis, the 2000 Sydney Olympics heptathlon champion, added: Beijing Olympic 400m hurdles bronze mediallist Tasha Danvers called it “a very sad day for track and field… He will missed.”– © AFP 2017  The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Source: Dame Jess Ennis-Hill/Twitter Conor McGregor has been named one of TIME’s ’100 most influential people’UFC boss estimates McGregor will make $75 million from Mayweather fight http://the42.ie/3349719 Apr 20th 2017, 3:38 PM last_img read more