British athlete Tom Bosworth didn’t win a medal at the Olympics but it was a golden moment when he proposed to boyfriend Harry Dineley on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.
The 25-year-old, who finished sixth in the 20km walk, posted a photo on Twitter of himself on bended knee with the caption: “He said YES!!!”
When Bosworth came out publicly last October he said it was a “scary” thing to do but he felt he was “really lucky” because of the support he has had from friends and family – and “99% support” from other athletes.
“It is a big decision (to come out), but it’s not going to change my life. I’m comfortable and have been in a happy relationship for the last four and a half years,” he said at the time.
“This isn’t going to shock anybody that knows me. But to speak out about this, as a sportsperson, it is still news.
“In a few years time, anyone will be able to do this. Anyone can succeed in sport. And then hopefully it won’t be news any more.”
He said YES!!! pic.twitter.com/roXsw7oq8f
— Tom Bosworth (@TomBosworth) August 15, 2016
The couple’s engagement wasn’t the first same-sex marriage proposal at the Rio Olympics. That came last week when stadium manager Marjorie Enya walked out onto the field and proposed to Brazilian player Isadora Cerullo after her team’s loss to Australia in the rugby sevens.