Usain Bolt carries Germaine Mason's coffin

A tearful Usain Bolt was a pallbearer at friend Germaine Mason's funeral on Sunday in Jamaica.

Former Great Britain high jumper Mason died last month when his motorbike crashed on the way home from a party with friends.

Family and friends, including Bolt and his Jamaica team-mate Nesta Carter, were in Kingston to pay their respects.

Bolt, who had been pictured helping to dig Mason's grave, helped carry Mason's coffin at the Hagley Park Seventh Day Adventist Church in St Andrew.

Mason was born in Jamaica before switching allegiance to represent Great Britain, who he qualified for through his father David, in 2006.

He claimed silver at the Beijing Olympics, jumping 2.34 metres to finish behind Russian Andrey Silnov.

Mason is still the holder of the Jamaican national record in the high-jump.

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