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Saturday 23 September 2017

Olympic high jumper Germaine Mason killed in crash in Jamaica

Germaine Mason has been killed in a motorcycle crash near the Jamaican capital Kingston
Germaine Mason has been killed in a motorcycle crash near the Jamaican capital Kingston

Team GB Olympic medallist Germaine Mason has died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force issued a statement reporting that Mason apparently lost control of his motorcycle before dawn on Thursday in St Andrew Parish, south-east of the capital Kingston.

Reports have claimed he was riding in a convoy with a number of athletes, including 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt.

Mason, 34, was born in Jamaica but represented Britain in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. He won a silver medal in the high jump.

The news has stunned Jamaica, a country that takes particular pride in its relatively large number of standout athletes in track and field.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed "sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity" in a message on Twitter.

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