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Gay marriage proposals continue in Rio as Tom Bosworth pops the question to boyfriend

Joe Williams August 16, 2016

The British race walker and Harry Dinley become the second gay couple to get engaged at the Games.

Tom Bosworth – a race walker for Team GB – tweeted a photo of him proposing to his boyfriend on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

The photo came with the caption: “He said YES!!!”

His fiancé, Harry Dineley, later shared a photo of the ring, adding: “Ok then.”

Bosworth, from Kent, had earlier finished sixth in the 20km event.

The 25-year-old came out as gay last year.

He discussed the reaction he had received from fellow athletes – including Olympic medallist Mo Farah.

“Coming out is no surprise to my friends, family and even team-mates – even Mo Farah, who didn’t bat an eyelid when I told him I was gay,” Bosworth told Victoria Derbyshire.

“I’ve been comfortable with my sexuality and in a really happy relationship for the past four and a half years,” he added.

“But in the build-up to the Rio Olympics next year, I don’t want this news to become a distraction or affect those closest to me.”

Bosworth and his boyfriend are the second gay couple to engaged at this year’s games, after a rugby sevens player was proposed to by her girlfriend.

Isadora Cerullo – one of over 40 LGBT athletes competing in the event – was a member of the Brazil squad that narrowly missed out on reaching the knockout rounds.

Following the match, Marjorie Enya grabbed a microphone, before delivering an emotional speech to her girlfriend.

As Cerullo accepted Enya’s proposal, the pair embrace to whoops and cheers from the crowd.

“As soon as I knew she was in the squad I thought I have to make this special,” Enya told BBC Sport.

“I wanted to show people that love wins.”

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