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.
A really tough day at the office but amazing to come away with the win! Great race by my good friend @timole_naske who pushed us both to the limit. And also a great race by @ollizeidler who I’m looking forward to training with in Munich for the next couple of weeks. As always thanks for all of the support! #rocketpower @rocketkitchen #WRCLinz
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.
6! Six @BritAthletics Outdoor titles! Thank you everyone for your support.— Tom Bosworth (@TomBosworth) July 1, 2018
Today was brutal! Heat was robbing me of any energy. Completely flat in terms of speed after last weekend’s 20km and due to the horrible heat. Sorry no British Record today! pic.twitter.com/B1wpIB9160
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.