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British Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason has died at the age of 34 after a motorcycle crash in Jamaica.

Germaine Mason

The Jamaica-born athlete, who switched to represent Great Britain in 2006, won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Mason won Britain’s first athletics medal of the Beijing Games, finishing second behind Russian Andrey Silnov.

It is understood that he and Usain Bolt were close friends going by how emotional Bolt was at the scene.

The Jamaican Police Supreintendent Calvin Allen couldn’t conclude if Mason had been in Bolt’s company that evening, or if the eight-time Olympic champion was in a following vehicle.

British Olympic champions Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Denise Lewis, Linford Christie and the Jamaican Prime Minister amongst others have all continued to pay tribute to the Olympian.

So sad!

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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