Tom Robinson (athlete)

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Tom Robinson
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Robinson in 1960
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British Empire and Commonwealth Games
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Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1958 Cardiff 220 yards
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Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1962 Kingston 100 metres

Thomas Augustus "Tom" Robinson, MBE (March 18, 1937 November 25, 2012) was a track and field athlete from the Bahamas, who competed in the sprint events. He was born in Nassau, New Providence. Thomas Robinson Stadium (15,000 seats) in the Bahamian capital Nassau is named for him since its construction in 1981. [1]

Robinson represented his native country in four consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1956. At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, he won gold in the 200 yards dash and silver in the 100 yards 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 claimed a gold medal at the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games. Robinson was a contributor on the University of Michigan track team from 1958 to 1961, winning multiple team and individual Big 10 championships during his tenure. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1985. He was a finalist in the 100 meters at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games but finished 8th due to injuries.

Robinson died on November 25, 2012. [2]

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  1. Alpheus Finlayson (28 July 2009). "Tribute to Thomas Augustus (Tommy) Robinson". General News. IAAF. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  2. Associated Press (2012-11-25). "Tom Robinson, four-time Olympic sprinter for the Bahamas, dies at 74". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2012-12-01.