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Mark Leduc (May 4, 1962 – July 22, 2009) was a boxer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who won a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.

Amateur career Edit

  • Amateur Record: 158-26
  • Won an Olympic Silver Medal 1992 for Canada.

Olympic results Edit

  • Defeated Godfrey Wakaabu (Uganda) 9-2
  • Defeated Dillon Carew (Guyana) 5-0
  • Defeated Laid Bouneb (Algeria) 8-1
  • Defeated Leonard Dorin (Romania) 13-6
  • Lost to Héctor Vinent (Cuba) 1-11

Professional boxing career Edit

Leduc turned pro in 1992 and had limited success. He retired in 1993 with a record of 4-1-0 after losing to Michel Galarneau.

Retirement and coming out Edit

In 1993, Leduc spoke about being a gay athlete in CBC Radio's documentary "The Last Closet", which aired on the weekly sports series The Inside Track;[1] as he was not yet ready to officially come out, the interview was aired anonymously and recorded through a voice filter. Another Canadian athlete who would also subsequently come out as gay, Mark Tewksbury, also granted an anonymous interview to the same program.[1] In 1994, Leduc officially came out as gay in the TV documentary For the Love of the Game, one of the few boxers ever to do so.[2] He also later volunteered as a speaker and mentor for various LGBT youth groups.[1]

He attended Toronto’s Pride Parade in 1999 as grand marshal with Savoy Howe. Leduc worked for and volunteered with the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, later becoming a set-builder and construction worker in the film industry.

Leduc died on July 22, 2009 in Toronto. He had collapsed in the sauna of a local hotel, and doctors suggested that his death may have resulted from heat stroke.[3]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Iorfida, Chris. "Leduc remembered as Olympic champ, gay role model", CBC Sports, July 24, 2009. 
  2. Koymasky, Matt & Andrej (July 25, 2009). Mark Leduc. The Living Room: Biographies.
  3. Wong, Danielle. "Mark Leduc, 47: Gay athlete, Olympic medallist", Toronto Star, Torstar, July 24, 2009. 


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