Mark Leduc

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Mark Leduc
Rated atSuper lightweight
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Reach139 lb (63 kg)
NationalityCanada Canadian
Born(1962-05-04)May 4, 1962
Toronto, Ontario
DiedJuly 22, 2009(2009-07-22) (aged 47)
Toronto, Ontario
Boxing record
Total fights5
Wins by KO2
Mark Leduc

Mark Leduc (May 4, 1962 – July 22, 2009) was a Canadian boxer. He competed for Canada at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

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Leduc began his training in the East End of Toronto. His parents divorced when he was 15 and he had to live on the streets. Leduc was arrested for robbing a jewellery store at gunpoint and he was sentenced to spend six years at the Collins Bay Penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario. He was released from prison after serving 3 years.[1]

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Leduc competed for Canada and was able to win a silver medal. He defeated Leonard Doroftei 13-6 and was defeated by Héctor Vinent 1-11.[2] In 1992, he turned pro and he had limited success. He recorded a record of 4-1-0 after losing to Michel Galarneau and retired.

In 1993, Leduc spoke on CBC Radio's documentary "The Last Closet" about being a gay athlete. He was not ready to come out yet and he spoke anonymously and through a voice filter.[2] He officially came out as gay on the the TV documentary For the Love of the Game in 1994.[3]

On July 22, 2009, Leduc collapsed in the sauna of a local hotel in Toronto and died. Doctors said that he may have died due to heat stroke.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mark Leduc had the guts to come out swinging". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-5-10. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Leduc remembered as Olympic champ, gay role model". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2015-3-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Mark Leduc, 47: Gay athlete, Olympic medallist". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2015-5-10. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "Canadian Olympic Boxer Mark Leduc Dies". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2015-5-10. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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