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Gay athletes win titles on the track and on the water

It’s been a great summer so far for Robbie Manson and Tom Bosworth.

Muller British Athletics Championships 2018 - Day Two
Tom Bosworth celebrates his win in the 5,000-meter racewalk at the British championships.
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Rower Robbie Manson and race walker Tom Bosworth are both openly gay, and both are once again champions after great success in the past week.

Manson, 28, from New Zealand, won the men’s single scull class at the World Cup rowing regattas in Austria in late June. A year ago, he set a record while winning gold at a World Cup event in Poland.

Manson is relatively new to single sculls, but his success is priming him to do well at the 2020 Olympics. He competed at the 2012 and 2016 Games, both times in doubles.

Bosworth won his seventh British race walking title (sixth outdoors) this weekend by capturing first place at the British Championships in the 5,000 meters. “This is a fantastic event showcasing race walking. I’m so happy to have achieved a record of seven national titles,” he said.

Bosworth, 28, proposed to his boyfriend Harry Dineley on the beach at Rio during the 2016 Olympics, in one of the coolest moments of the Games.

Both Bosworth and Manson have thrived since coming out as gay, something we’ve found is common across the board for out LGBT athletes.