KINGSTON: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt was caught up in a fatal motorcycle crash in Jamaica which claimed the life of Germaine Mason, the British high jumper who won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, media reported.
Jamaican-born Mason, 34, died yesterday in the early morning crash which occurred near Kingston, police said, when he lost control of his motorcycle.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, Bolt, Jamaica’s eight-time Olympic sprint champion and 11-time world champion, and fellow sprinter Michael Frater were immediately at the scene.
Team Jamaica, a website run by Jamaican athletics supporters, said a number of athletes, including Bolt and Frater, were riding in a convoy with Mason when the crash took place.
“Usain Bolt was part of the group that came by and he was very, very emotional, and still is,” police senior superintendent Calvin Allen told the BBC.
“I understand they are very close friends.”
Mason began competing for Britain, his father’s homeland, in 2006 after having taken bronze for Jamaica at the 2004 world indoors and claimed silver at the 2000 world juniors in Chile and bronze at the 2002 world juniors in Kingston.
“Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man. He had a wry sense of humour and was a pleasure to be around,” said Fuzz Caan, a senior high jump coach at British Athletics who worked with Mason during his time as Olympic champion.