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Olympic athlete Mason
killed in Jamaica crash
pic medal-winning track and
field athlete Germaine Mason
died yesterday in a motorcycle
crash in outside the capital of
his native Jamaica, police in the
Caribbean island said.
Mason apparently lost control
of his Honda motorcycle before
dawn in St. Andrew Parish, the
Jamaica Constabulary Force said
in a statement. The 34-year-old
athlete was taken to a local hospital
but did not survive.
Mason was born in Jamaica but
represented Britain in the 2008
summer Olympics in Beijing. He
won a silver medal in the high
jump, with a personal best of 2.34
"Germaine was an outstanding
athlete and a truly lovely man," said
Senior high jump coach at British
Athletics, Fuzz Caan, 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 am-
bassador of British high jumping."
Ben Hawes, the chairman of the
British Olympic Association's ath-
letes' commission, expressed con-
dolences on behalf of the country's
"Winning a silver medal in Bei-
jing places him amongst a unique
group of athletes and underlines
what a talented individual he was,"
Authorities did not disclose a
possible cause of the accident,
which occurred in an area by the
airport that is frequently used by
people to race cars and motorcycles
in the early morning hours.
The Gleaner newspaper in Ja-
maica reported on its website that
several other athletes, including
sprinter Usain Bolt, turned up at
the accident scene immediately af-
ter crash, which occurred around
Bolt's agent did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
Ewan Scott, records director
at the Jamaica Athletics Admin-
istrative Association, told The
Associated Press that the island's
governing body for track and field
has "not heard of any of our ath-
letes being part of this incident."
The news 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. (AP)
FILE - In this Tuesday, August 19, 2008 file photo, Britain's Germaine Mason celebrates winning the silver in
the men's high jump final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008
Olympics in Beijing. AP PHOTO
start of new era
coach Roby Radford expects the
influx of young players in the
West Indies squad to compen-
sate for the loss of experienced
players like Marlon Samuels and
Darren Bravo, in the three-Test
series against Pakistan starting
Both Samuels and Bravo, with
120 Tests between them, were both
ignored by selectors in the 13-man
squad announced earlier this week
for the opening Test at Sabina Park,
with the uncapped Guyanese pair of
Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer
And along with rookies like Ros-
ton Chase and Shai Hope---neither
of whom have played 10 Tests---Rad-
ford believes West Indies could be
seeing the emergence of a new era
"Marlon's been a great servant to
West Indies cricket and has played
some wonderful innings over the
years so we do lose a bit of experi-
ence there but I'd like to think this is a
dynamic group of young players with
lots of talent and probably the start
of a new age in West Indies cricket,"
Radford said here.
"I'd like these boys to come in and
play the way they play, not fear any-
thing and play the way they would in
any other team and not feel the oc-
casion. Just come out, do what they
do and show everyone the talent that
Vishal, 28, is an obdurate
left-hander who has been rewarded
for his heavy scoring in last year's
first class championship and relative
success with West Indies A.
He also struck an unbeaten 135 for
the WICB President's XI in last week-
end's three-day tour match against
The 20-year-old Hetmyer, mean-
while, has been fast-tracked into
the Test side, following a first class
season where he gathered nearly 500
runs. His 97 in the recent tour match
also helped his cause.
Radford said he liked the sensible
yet no-nonsense approach brought
by former Youth World Cup captain
"The first time I saw him was up
at Trelawny this week and it was a
fantastic innings. He deserved a hun-
dred," the Englishman noted.
"He ended up two or three runs
short but it was a superb knock. He
looks very organised. [He's a] pow-
erful batsman but correct, strikes
the ball very cleanly but he's not a
hitter---he's a proper batsman.
"If balls were there to defend, he
defended them but the minute the
bowler was loose it (ball) went a long
Radford said both players seemed
ready to handle Test quality bowling.
"I was really impressed by the way
(Hetmyer) and Vishal Singh played.
They were very matured innings and
(both players) looked equipped to
play the bowling of that calibre."
Toby Radford...West Indies batting
Anthony Joshua would welcome Fury fight
Anthony Joshua insists any
future fight with Tyson Fury
would be his biggest to date and
he would welcome the Mancu-
nian's return to the ring.
Joshua, the current IBF heav-
yweight champion, is preparing
for a showdown with Wladimir
Klitschko later this month at Wem-
bley in front of a record 90,000
crowd, but he took time out from
his preparations to bite back at
Fury's barbs on Twitter this week.
And while defeating the last man
to beat Klitschko is not Joshua's
immediate priority, the prospect
of an all-British bout between him
and the controversial Fury could
Fury became the first man to de-
feat Klitschko in 11 years in 2015 but
has not been seen in the ring since,
with his boxing licence suspended
by the British Boxing Board of Con-
trol in October "pending further
investigation into anti-doping and
Joshua insists Fury has remained
on his radar and would relish the
opportunity to go head-to-head
should he make a comeback.
Asked who his biggest fight
would pit him against, the 27-year-
old replied: "I think Tyson Fury.
"I couldn't say what his plans
are. I'm not going anywhere. I'm
here as a fighter. I've been disci-
plined, I've stayed on track.
"If it were up to me, that would
have been the fight happening this
summer. That's what I thought. I
was planning for a massive show-
down with Tyson Fury, but he had
other plans and I just had to carry
on. When he returns, I'm sure I'll
still be here.
"Do I want him to come back?
Joshua's ire was drawn on so-
cial media on Tuesday when Fury
labelled him a "poor man's Frank
, to which his subject re-
sponded with an offer of two ring-
side seats to his fight with Klitschko
and reiterated that the only reason
the two have not fought was due to
"Twitter is about communica-
tion and it's just communicating.
He addresses me and tweets me
quite often and I was just in the
frame of mind where I thought
me and Klitschko don't have much
verbals, so let me respond to Fury."
The build-up to Joshua's meeting
with Klitschko has been dominated
by respect rather than resentment,
with neither fighter renowned for
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