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Lefty Gwynne

Full name: Horace "Lefty" Gwynne
Gender: Male
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: October 5, 1912 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 16, 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Toronto Central YMCA
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Lefty Gwynne was born in Toronto to an English immigrant bricklayer. After World War I started, the family returned to England and his father enlisted. Young Horace began boxing his brother in exhibitions for the troops. After the war, the family returned to Toronto, and the diminutive Gwynne turned to horse racing with a goal of becoming a jockey. But in the early 20s he started training for boxing at the Central Toronto YMCA, as a way to keep his weight down for riding. After the 1932 Olympics, Gwynne turned professional on his return to Toronto. He fought as a professional thru 1939, winning the Canadian bantamweight championships early that year, but lost his final two professional bouts. His pro record was 31 wins, 9 losses, and 2 draws. He later returned to his first sport, serving as a jockey’s agent, before settling in Toronto where he taught sports to children in community centers.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Boxing Men's Bantamweight Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1932-08-13 Gwynne (CAN) , Ziglarski (GER) decision
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1932-08-11 Gwynne (CAN) , Villanueva (PHI) decision
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1932-08-10 Gwynne (CAN) , Melis (ITA) decision
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Round One Match #1 1 1932-08-09 Gwynne (CAN)
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