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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • 68

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F2 THE OTTAWA CITIZEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1988 Sports Eitore awards (Foe amiadliiain) lympoc stas By Martin Clean Citizen staff writer -11 Lennox Lewis giving out awards and it would be good public relations for boxing." Since winning his bronze medal, Downey has been kept busy with appearances. But he knew he couldn't stand in the spotlight too long since he had the national championships a month after the Olympics. "I find it a bit difficult to get motivated (for the nationals)," said Downey. "But I have a job to do. You don't want to go in out of shape because that's when you get hurt.

"I've just told myself to start all over and work on the basics." Dave Steen of Burlington, whose bronze medal in track and field's decathlon was Canada's first, plans to stay on as a multiple-event athlete, but he doesn't see himself competing at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Although yachter Lawrence Le-mieux of Edmonton didn't win a medal, Charest presented him with a march-in picture from the opening ceremonies for his bravery at the Olympics. He saved the life of a competitor from Singapore during a race. He also was honored by the International Olympic Committee. "By his behavior he symbolizes what Canadians are all about," Charest said of Lemieux.

"I'm in awe of being here with a tremendous group of athletes," Lemieux said. Charest also presented a similar picture to Toronto's Carol Anne Letheren, who was Canada's chef de mission. Raymond Downey skipped classes at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax Monday, but he had a perfect excuse. It's not often you're called forward to be honored by the federal government as a member of the Olympic Class of '88. Downey, the 71-kilogram bronze medallist in boxing at the Seoul Summer Olympics, was one of 17 athletes who attend a special luncheon and reception here.

Four athletes gold medal boxer Lennox Lewis of Kitchener, silver medal swimmer Victor Davis of Montreal, and equestrian dressage riders Cindy Ishoy of Hamilton and Gina Smith of Saskatoon were unable to attend the function. Lewis reportedly missed his plane to Ottawa. Minister of Sport Jean Charest presented each athlete with a framed certificate of merit and a framed picture of the march-in by the Canadian team during the opening ceremonies of the Seoul Olympics. Downey, 20, hadn't planned to attend the reception because he felt his main priorities were his Grade 12 studies and training for the Canadian boxing championships Nov. 4-6 in Victoria.

"I wasn't sure I wanted to take the time off," said Downey. "But at the last minute my coach (Olympic coach Taylor Gordon) said I should do it, since the sports minister would be there il "i Biding his time Lewis not impressed by offers TORONTO (CP) Olympic gold medallist Lennox Lewis hasn't been overly impressed by pro boxing contract offers from big-time American operators, including Bob Arum, and is leaning instead towards a Toronto group. "I feel like a basketball player being scouted by scouts down in the States," said Lewis, who captured the super-heavyweight division at the Seoul Olympics. "I don't want anyone controlling me. "These (offers) coming to me after the Olympics are mainly because I won the gold." Although Mallet Sports of Toronto would not be paying him as big a signing bonus as the American operators, the 6-5, 225-pound Kitchener, boxer likes the group because "they showed interest before the Olympics.

"They were willing to sign me as a pro no matter how I did." Lewis said it might take another two weeks for him to make up his mind. "I'm taking it very slowly," he said. "It's a career move, so you can't be impatient. "I'm not in it just for the money. I'm in it for the sport, too.

If I was in it just for the money, I would have turned pro after '84." Bruno Schlumberger, Cither, Ray Downey accepts his certificate from sports minister Jean Charest OS mm mm fpift 'v Heart ailment kills ex-champ Armstrong LOS ANGELES (AP) Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to ever hold three world titles in separate weight divisions at the same time, died of heart failure after a lengthy illness. He was 75. Armstrong, who made hundreds of thousands of dollars during his 15-year pro career but was reduced to living with his wife on an $800 monthly Social Security cheque, died Saturday at California Medical Centre. "He's resting and all his miseries are gone," said wife, Gussie Armstrong. "I did all I could for him and so did everyone else." Armstrong fought 174 bouts in a career that began in 1931, winning 145 and 98 by knockout.

The fighter who simultaneously held world featherweight, welterweight and lightweight titles in 1938 spent most of 1988 confined to a hospital bed in six separate stays to treat a variety of ailments. He was afflicted at various times by pneumonia, cataracts, malnutrition, anemia, and lingering infections. He also suffered from dementia, the loss of intellectual capability, a condition attributed to his lengthy boxing career. His health worsened this year when he refused to eat and doctors had to pump nourishment directly into his stomach. Armstrong was the 11th of 15 children born to an Irish-Black father and Black-Cherokee Indian mother in Jackson, Miss.

He grew up in the slums of St. Louis, working as a shoeshine boy until he graduated from high school. Inspired to take up a boxing career, he rode a freight car to Los Angeles, changed his last name from Jackson to Armstrong, and made a name for himself fighting at amateur boxing clubs before turning pro in 1931. Six years later he was champion of the world and while already holding the featherweight and welterweight titles, he scored a 15-round decision over Lou Ambers to claim the lightweight crown. He retired in 1945 at the age of 32.

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