Former Olympic high jump medallist, Germaine Mason, has died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica.

The 34-year-old lost control of his motorbike while riding in Kingston, according to Jamaican police. He died instantly.

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Mason had reportedly been at a party with a number of other athletes, including sprint champion Usain Bolt.

Bolt, who is believed to be close friends with Mason, arrived at the scene after the crash, it has been reported.

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Mason competed for Jamaica before switching allegiance to Great Britain before the 2008 Olympic Games, where he won silver.

The Jamaica Constabulary wrote on Twitter: “Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning.”

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Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness addressed the accident on Twitter, writing: ‘Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity.’


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