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2008 Beijing silver medallist Germaine Mason has died aged 34

The 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medallist Germaine Mason has died in a motorcycle crash, aged 34.

Jamaican police have confirmed that the high jumper has died in a tragic accident in the country.

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

Mason was Jamaican-born and switched allegiances to Great Britain in 2006.

He claimed world indoor bronze for Jamaica in 2003 and was eligible to represent British Athletics as his father was born in London.

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

"Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity," tweeted Jamaica prime minister Andrew Holness.

UK Athletics have released the following statement:

UK Athletics is deeply saddened to hear that the 2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason has tragically died in Jamaica.

The 34 year-old won silver at the Beijing Olympic Games representing Great Britain, where he equalled his personal best of 2.34m in the competition.

Niels de Vos, CEO of UK Athletics, spoke on behalf of the governing body:

“Our staff and colleagues who worked with Germaine are naturally saddened to hear this awful news. Our deepest sympathies go to Germaine’s friends, family and the athletics community at this difficult time.”

Senior high jump coach at British Athletics, Fuzz Caan, who worked closely with Germaine at the time of his Olympic success, added:

“Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man. 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.”

Athletes from across many sports and nations have been paying tribute to the high jumper on Twitter.

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