|Rated at||Super lightweight|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Reach||139 lb (63 kg)|
|Born||May 4, 1962|
|Died||July 22, 2009 (aged 47)|
|Wins by KO||2|
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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.
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. 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. He officially came out as gay on the the TV documentary For the Love of the Game in 1994.
References[change | change source]
- "Mark Leduc had the guts to come out swinging". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-5-10. Check date values in:
- "Leduc remembered as Olympic champ, gay role model". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2015-3-25. Check date values in:
- "Mark Leduc, 47: Gay athlete, Olympic medallist". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2015-5-10. Check date values in:
- "Canadian Olympic Boxer Mark Leduc Dies". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2015-5-10. Check date values in: