Germaine Mason died tragically Thursday morning on the Palisadoes main road in Kingston, Jamaica. Usain Bolt rushed to the scene of the accident of his friend.
Germaine Mason is a high jumper star, who was born in Kingston, lived in Jamaica but has dual nationality because his father is English and was chosen to represent Britain in 2006.
Prior to accepting the offer to represent Britain, Mason attended Wolmer’s High School for Boys and represented his school and Jamaica as a high jumper.
Germain Mason also trained with Stephen Francis at the MVP Track Club while he was in Jamaica. Then he moved on to train with Great Britain to prepare for the 2008 games.
Mason competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won a silver medal in the high jump event.
Mason had several other wins apart from his Olympic silver. He received silver at the Junior World Championships in Chile in 2000, bronze at the Junior World Championships in Jamaica 2002, and bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest in 2004.
Mason still holds Jamaica’s national record for the high jump event, at 2.34m, or 7.67 feet.
But his Olympic success was by far the standout achievement of his career, with his jump of 2.34 metres equalling his personal best and putting him in behind Russia’s Andrei Silnov, who took gold.
Germaine Mason continued to compete until he retired from the sport in 2016.
After Mason retired in 2016, he returned to Jamaica to be closer to his family and friends.
It is alleged that he lost control of his Honda CBR motorbike at around 4.20am Thursday morning and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
34-year-old Mason is believed to have been at a party with several other athletes, including his close friend Usain Bolt, before the crash.
Usain Bolt rushed to the scene of Germaine Mason’s fatal motorbike crash after hearing of his friend’s tragic accident and is said to have waited at the scene until Mason’s body was taken away by paramedics. Former Bolton Wanderers and Jamaica defender Ricardo Gardner was also spotted at the site of the crash.
Michael Frater reportedly went to the scene after hearing about the accident and waited there until an ambulance arrived and had the following to say:
I’m just devastated at the news, he was a friend from high school days … still, can´t believe this.
Several athletes and government officials poured out tributes on social media, including Ennis-Hill, Linford Christie, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness as the news circulated about Mason’s death.
This is just awful. Such sad news.
Linford Christie wrote:
Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day. RIP Germaine. Never forgotten.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted:
Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting community.
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