Germaine Mason - Usain Bolt
Germaine Mason (2nd right) with friend Usain Bolt (2nd left) – Photo via Instagram

Germaine Mason, the Jamaican born British high jumper, reportedly died in a motor vehicle accident along the Palisadoes main road in eastern Kingston this morning. The retired high jumper died at the age of 34.

The Sun reports that he was riding in a motor bike convoy with friends, which included Usain Bolt, Michael Frater. The British paper said they were going home from a party and Mason swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

Mason loved motorbikes and on his Instagram profile photo is one of him on a motorbike.

The pinnacle of his career was a silver medal won for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China. He also holds the Jamaican national high jump record of 2.34m.

He was born in Jamaica on January 20, 1983 and attended Wolmer’s High School for Boys.

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.

Mason was born in Jamaica on January 20,1983, and attended the Wolmer’s High School for Boys.  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. In 2002 (the same year his close friend Usain Bolt dominated the meet), Mason won the bronze medal, before his home crowd in Kingston.

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

Mason was a member of the successful MVP track club up to 2005 before changing allegiance to Great Britain in 2006 at the request of his mother. He received his British citizenship through his father David, who was born in London, England.

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

Source: The Sun.


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