Gay Olympian Tom Bosworth made history at Sunday's London Anniversary Games, when he set a new world record for finishing the one-mile race walk in 5 minutes and 31.08 seconds.
“I wanted to make today special because it’s the first race walk at a Diamond League,” Bosworth told Eurosport. “In an event like mine, which isn’t seen on TV too much and is quite often misunderstood a lot, I think today was a great advert for race walking.
Bosworth expressed his enthusiasm at breaking the record by tweeting a photo of himself after the event, and captioned it with the words, “Holy Sh*t! WR!"
Holy Sh*t! WR! pic.twitter.com/Ph2yzpdITf
— Tom Bosworth (@TomBosworth) July 9, 2017
The 27-year-old British race walker, who finished sixth at the 2016 Rio Games, made headlines last summer when he proposed to his boyfriend on Brazil’s Copacabana Beach. Bosworth’s personal life previously made news in 2015 when he publicly came out in an interview that aired on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.
Bosworth is also considered to be one of the most accomplished race walkers in British history. He has set the British records for the 3k, 5k, 10k, and 20k race walks.