The Jamaican-born British track and field athlete Germaine Mason lost his life in a motorcycle crash last month in Jamaica itself, and on past Sunday, his close friend Usain Bolt helped in digging his grave in Portland.
Both Usain Bolt and Germaine Mason have been friends since 2002 and had a lot of memories together. Germaine Mason, who won the silver in Men’s High-Jump in 2008 Beijing Olympics, grew up in the Caribbean, however, in 2006, he switched his allegiances to Team GB.
Back on April 20, Mason, along with his other mates, was on his way back home from a party and had an accident. The 34-year-old athlete passed away on the spot, and Usain Bolt, who was the member of his biking group, was reportedly right behind him and arrived first onto the scene.
The 30-year-old posted a photo of Mason in his memory and a paid tribute.
While talking to Jamaican Observer, Bolt said:
“Right now it is very hard on me as we have grown very close over the years from the World Juniors in 2002, and we have come up through the ranks together. We have both succeeded in our different events and for me I have to be strong for the parents and the family. I had to come here and do anything for the family in any way possible, and it is just an honour.”
Furthermore, past Sunday, Usain Bolt was filmed while he was digging the grave of his childhood friend.
Multiple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt works on friend Germaine Mason’s grave in Portland today. Mason died 3 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/3W6oE1qJMv
— Earl H Bailey (@BaldEagleJa) May 14, 2017