Tom Bosworth

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Tom Bosworth
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Bosworth in training for Commonwealth Games 2010
Personal information
Birth nameThomas Stewart Bosworth
Full nameTom Bosworth
Born (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29)
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
SportRace walking
College teamLeeds Beckett Uni
ClubTonbridge AC
Coached byAndi Drake (Peter Selby)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals6th
Personal best(s)1:20:13 for 20k

Thomas Stewart "Tom" Bosworth (born 17 January 1990) is a British race walker who holds the World Record for the 1Mile race walk. He also holds British records for walking 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 20 km. He is currently ranked 1st overall in the UK for 20 km. His PB is now 1:19:38. He first set the 20 km British record in Dudince, Slovakia in March 2016 to better a 20 km race walk mark set by Ian McCombie in 1988 clocking 80:41 taking 81 seconds off McCombie’s record, which was set just over a year before Bosworth was even born. He is the British Record Holder for the 10k race walk, 39:36, set in 2015 along with the 5000m race walk, 18:28.20, set in Birmingham at the 2018 British indoor team trials to qualify for the World Indoor Championships. He Has won six British Outdoor Championships in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Along with five British Indoor Championships, his first in 2015 followed by 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Bosworth currently trains full-time at the UK Race Walking centre in Leeds, at Leeds Met University.

Bosworth was also selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Potternewton, Leeds.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain
2009 European Race Walking Cup (U20) Metz, France 39th 10 km walk 52:01
2011 European Race Walking Cup Olhão, Portugal 29th 20 km walk 1:32:48
2012 World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 72nd 20 km walk 1:28:43
2013 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 31st 20 km walk 1:27:42
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 43rd 20 km walk 1:22:53
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 12th 20 km walk 1:23:17
2015 European Race Walking Cup Murcia, Spain 16th 20 km walk 1:23:54
World Championships Beijing, China 24th 20 km walk 1:23:58
2016 World Race Walking Cup Rome, Italy 34th 20 km walk 1:22:55
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th 20 km walk 1:20:13
2017 European Race Walking Cup Podebrady, Czech Republic 4th 20 km walk 1:21:21
World Championships London, United Kingdom DQ - Disqualified 20 km walk DQ - Disqualified at 12 km for "lifting" whilst in first place
2018 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 14th 20 km walk 1:23:54
European Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 20 km walk 1:21:31
2009 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 8th 10 km walk 45:29
2010 XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 11th 20 km walk 1:30:44
2010 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Bedford, England 7th 20 km walk 1:28:24
2012 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 28th 20 km walk 1:25:49
2012 EAA Race Walking Permit Race A Coruña, Spain 13th 20 km walk 1:24:49
2013 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Podebrady, Czech Republic 14th 20 km walk 1:24:44
2014 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 21st 20 km walk 1:25:45
2014 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Podebrady, Czech Republic 10th 20 km walk 1:22:20
2015 EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 4th 20 km walk 1:22:33


Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Venue Date Notes
1 Mile race walk 5:31.08 London, United Kingdom 9 July 2017 World Best
3000 metres race walk 10:30.28 i Glasgow, United Kingdom 25 February 2018 Indoor World Best
5000 metres race walk 18:28.70 i Birmingham, United Kingdom 18 February 2018 Indoor
10 Kilometres race walk 39:36.00 Coventry, United Kingdom 1 March 2015
20 Kilometres race walk 1:19:38.00 Gold Coast, Australia 8 April 2018


Personal life[edit]

Bosworth came out as gay on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show on 13 October 2015.[2] In the interview he explained that his family, friends and fellow sports athletes had known that he was gay for a number of years and the coming out was to a wider audience to answer lingering questions from fans and to be himself. In the interview he told the BBC that he had been in "a really happy relationship" for the last four-and-a-half years.[3] He proposed to and was accepted by his now-fiancé, Harry Dineley on Copacabana Beach during the Rio Olympics.[4]

In 2018, he said that he is ready to risk prison to defend LGBT rights in Qatar during 2019 World Athletics Championships which will be held in September 2019.[5]


  1. ^ IAAF Athlete Profile Tom Bosworth
  2. ^ "Tom Bosworth: British Olympics hopeful comes out as gay". BBC Sport. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Tom Bosworth & partner Harry Dineley". Tom Bosworth Instagram Account. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ Hunt, Elle (16 August 2016). "Olympic marriage proposals continue with Tom Bosworth popping question to boyfriend" – via The Guardian.
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