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2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist Mason dies

The IAAF was saddened by the news that 2008 Olympic medallist Germaine Mason of Great Britain died in a motorcycle accident on Thursday (20).

Mason, who took the silver medal in the high jump at the 2008 Olympic Games, was involved in the tragic accident in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 34.

“Our staff and colleagues who worked with Germaine are naturally saddened to hear this awful news," said Neils de Vos, CEO of UK Athletics. "Our deepest sympathies go to Germaine’s friends, family and the athletics community at this difficult time."

“Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man," said Fuzz Caan, the senior high jump coach at British Athletics who worked closely with Mason at the time of his Olympic success. "He had a wry sense of humour and was a pleasure to be around. He was a great ambassador of British high jumping. It is an honour for us to have him as part of our sporting history."

Mason's rise in the sport came as a teenager representing his native Jamaica, when he won silver and bronze medals at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2002 respectively. The Jamaican record-holder at 2.34m, Mason also won bronze at the 2004 World Indoor Championships before emigrating to the UK which he represented internationally since 2005.