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left so many fond memories of his exploits as an international sprinter before he died Sunday after a long illness at the age of 74. He will be remembered at a state-recognised funeral, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

Christie, in his tribute to Robinson, said that because of his uniquely important contribution to the history of sports in the Bahamas, the Cabinet office will announce plans for his funeral service shortly.

Robinson represented the Bahamas in four consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1956. At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, he won gold in the 200 yard dash and silver in the 100 yard dash. He again won silver in the 100 yards in the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He also captured the gold medal at the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games.

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The University of Michigan star from 1958-1961, winning multiple team and individual Big 10 championships during his tenure, was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honour in 1985.

The Bahamas Government honoured him by naming the track and field stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. He was also named the sports ambassador for the Bahamas and was a representative at a number of events after his retirement.

In 1989, Robinson was one of five people who were inducted into the initial National Hall of Fame along with Sir Durward Knowles, Cecil Cooke, Andre Rodgers and Elijah Obed.

Today, tributes were pouring in for Robinson.

Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) president Mike Sands said he remembered when he first met Robinson in 1970.

“He was very instrumental in my success as a track athlete and as an administrator,” said Sands, who was just recently re-elected as president. “It’s just sad that at the same time that we are celebrating the success of Anthonique Strachan, we are reflecting on the life of Thomas Robinson.

“He was indeed a gem. He was a living legend. He was my friend, my confidant, but more importantly, a true ambassador for the Bahamas. He was a national hero. I remember how Tommy Robinson wasn’t concerned about any accolades. He just wanted to assist with the development of sports in whatever way he could.”

Robinson was a key figure in the committee that laid out the plans for the construction of the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium, a deal that was negotiated by the Progressive Liberal Party with the People’s Republic of China. However, the Free National Movement officially opened the stadium in February.

Perry Christie, in his tribute, said he was deeply saddened by Robinson’s passing, noting that it was a great personal loss for him because he was one of his oldest and dearest friends. But he added that it was an even greater loss for the country.
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