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Bahamas Olympian sprinter Tom Robinson dies at 74
Associated Press
2012-11-26 04:53 AM
Four-time Olympic sprinter Tom Robinson has died in his Caribbean homeland of the Bahamas at age 74.

Prime Minister Perry Christie says Robinson died Sunday after a long illness, the nature of which he did not disclose. He described Robinson as one of his dearest friends and a sportsman of "truly legendary status."

Robinson won gold and silver at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Wales, where he was the islands' sole entrant.

Christie said Robinson's performances at that competition united Bahamians with pride and joy.

Robinson also took part in four consecutive Olympics, beginning with the Melbourne Games in 1956 and ending with the Mexico City Games in 1968.

The islands' national stadium is named after Robinson.

Christie says details of a state funeral for Robinson will be announced soon.

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