KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – The international track and field fraternity was in mourning after Jamaican-born Olympian Germaine Mason was killed in a motorcycle crash early Thursday.
Police reported that the athlete, who switched allegiance to represent Great Britain in 2006 and won silver in the high jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, crashed along the Palisadoes main road that leads to the Norman Manley International Airport in the country’s capital.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force confirmed Mason’s death on its Twitter page.
“Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning,” the JCF tweeted.
Shortly after news broke, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted: “Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity.”
Mason set a Jamaican record of 2.34 metres to win gold for the island at the Pan American Games in 2003 and took bronze at the World Indoor Championships the following year.
Eligible to represent Britain because his father David was born in London, he switched allegiance two years before the Beijing Olympics, where he then finished behind Russian Andrey Silnov.