Tom Bosworth

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Tom Bosworth
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Bosworth competing in the Men's 20km Race Walk at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Personal information
Birth nameThomas Stewart Bosworth
Born (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 33)
Sevenoaks, Kent, England, UK
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
Sport Race walking
Event(s)1mile, 3km, 5km, 10km, 20km
College teamLeeds Beckett Uni
ClubTonbridge AC
Coached by Andi Drake (Peter Selby)
Achievements and titles
World finals7th
Olympic finals 6th
Highest world ranking2017 1Mile walk world best and 2018 3km race walk world best (indoor and outdoor)
Personal best(s)1:19:38 for 20k
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Flag of England.svg  England
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2018 Gold Coast 20 km race walk
British Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2011 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2012 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2013 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2014 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2015 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2016 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2018 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2021 Manchester 5000m race walk
British Indoor Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2015 Sheffield 3000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Sheffield 3000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Sheffield 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2018 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2019 Birmingham 5000m race walk
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2020 Glasgow 5000m race walk

Thomas Stewart Bosworth (born 17 January 1990) is a British two-time Olympic race walker who holds three World bests, including the World Best for the 1Mile race walk, 5:31.08. [1]


He also holds six British records, won 13 British Championships gold medals, a silver Commonwealth Games medal [2] and is a World European Olympic Games finalist. Bosworth is currently ranked 1st overall in the UK for 20 km. He was also selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Potternewton, Leeds.


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

He holds British records for walking 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 20 km, with his Personal Best for 20 km at 1:19:38.

He first set the 20 km British record in Dudince, Slovakia in March 2016 to beat a 20 km race walk mark set by Ian McCombie in 1988, clocking 80:41 and taking 81 seconds off McCombie's record.

He is also the British Record Holder for the 10 km race walk, set in 2015, along with the 5000m race walk, set in Birmingham at the 2018 British indoor team trials to qualify for the World Indoor Championships.

Along with the World Record for the 1Mile race walk won at London Diamond League, 2017, Bosworth is World Record holder for the 3000m indoor race walk at IAAF Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow, 2018, and the 3000m outdoor race walk at the Muller Anniversary Games, London, 2018.

He has won six British Outdoor Championships in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, along with six British Indoor Championships, his first in 2015 followed by 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Bosworth qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics [3] after coming second at the 2021 British Athletics Marathon and 20km Walk Trial. [4]



2010National Race Walking Championships20 km (senior men's)Gold
2011British Championships Outdoor20 kmGold
2012Aviva England Athletics U23 Championships & World Trials10 kmGold
2014British Championships Outdoor20 kmGold
2015British Championships Outdoor5 kmGold
2015British Championships Indoor3 kmGold
2016British Championships Outdoor5 kmGold
2016British Championships Indoor3 kmGold
2017British Championships Outdoor5 kmGold
2017British Championships Indoor3 kmGold
2018British Championships Outdoor5 kmGold
2018British Championships Indoor5 kmGold
2018Commonwealth Games, Australia20 kmSilver
2019British Championships Indoor5 kmGold
2019European Cup, Lithuania20 kmTeam Silver
2020British Championships Indoor5 kmGold
2021British Championships Outdoor5 kmGold

Records held

2017Muller Anniversary Games London1 mile race walk5:31.08World record
2018IAAF Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow3 km10:30.28Indoor World Record
2018Muller Anniversary Games London3 km10.43.84Outdoor World Record
2020British Indoor Championships5 km18:20.9British Record
2020England Athletics 10k Championships10 km39:10British Record
2018CWG Gold Coast Australia20 km1:19:38British Record

Personal bests

1 Mile race walk 5:31.08 London, United Kingdom9 July 2017World Best
3000 metres race walk 10:30.28 i Glasgow, United Kingdom25 February 2018Indoor World Best
5000 metres race walk 18:20.20 i Glasgow, United Kingdom24 February 2020Indoor
10 Kilometres race walk 39:10.00 Coventry, United Kingdom1 March 2020
20 Kilometres race walk 1:19:38 Gold Coast, Australia8 April 2018

International competitions

Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
2009 European Race Walking Cup (U20) Metz, France 39th10 km walk 52:01
2011 European Race Walking Cup Olhão, Portugal 29th20 km walk 1:32:48
2012 World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 72nd20 km walk 1:28:43
2013 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 31st20 km walk 1:27:42
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 43rd20 km walk 1:22:53
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 12th20 km walk 1:23:17
2015 European Race Walking Cup Murcia, Spain 16th20 km walk 1:23:54
World Championships Beijing, China24th20 km walk 1:23:58
2016 World Race Walking Cup Rome, Italy 34th20 km walk 1:22:55
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th20 km walk 1:20:13
2017 European Race Walking Cup Podebrady, Czech Republic 4th20 km walk 1:21:21
World Championships London, United Kingdom20 km walk DQ (lifting)
2018 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 14th20 km walk 1:23:54
European Championships Berlin, Germany 7th20 km walk 1:21:31
2019 European Race Walking Cup Alytus, Lithuania 4th20 km walk 1:20:53
World Championships Doha, Qatar7th20 km walk 1:29:34
2021 European Race Walking Cup Podebrady, Czech Republic 15th20 km walk 1:22:27
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 25th20 km walk 1:25:57
Representing Flag of England.svg  England
2009EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 8th10 km walk45:29
2010 XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 11th20 km walk1:30:44
2010EAA Race Walking Permit Race Bedford, England 7th20 km walk1:28:24
2012EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 28th20 km walk1:25:49
2012EAA Race Walking Permit Race A Coruña, Spain 13th20 km walk1:24:49
2013EAA Race Walking Permit Race Podebrady, Czech Republic 14th20 km walk1:24:44
2014EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 21st20 km walk1:25:45
2014EAA Race Walking Permit Race Podebrady, Czech Republic 10th20 km walk1:22:20
2015EAA Race Walking Permit Race Lugano, Switzerland 4th20 km walk1:22:33
2018 XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 2nd20 km walk1:19:38

Media and public speaking

Bosworth has made several media appearances, including his appearance on Sky TV's show “Game Changers”, [5] commentating for the BBC at the 2014 European Athletics Championships, and again for Eurosport at the 2015 World Athletics Championships.

Championing LGBT rights and mental health in sport alongside his athletic career, Bosworth has spoken openly about both. [6]

Bosworth came out as gay on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show on 13 October 2015. [7] 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. [8] He proposed to and was accepted by his now-fiancé, Harry Dineley on Copacabana Beach during the Rio Olympics. [9]

In 2018, he said that he was ready to risk prison to defend LGBT rights in Qatar during the 2019 World Athletics Championships. [10] [11]

In publications by the BBC, SkySports [6] and the Telegraph among many others, Bosworth speaks about his mental health and how he overcame a period of depression. Alongside media appearances, he now also regularly visits schools and universities, to talk about his experiences as a professional athlete, LGBT equality, the importance of mental health and how sport can be of great benefit.

He has also spoken to the Culture, Media and Sport parliamentary committee, met with the Chairman of the FA to discuss homophobia in football, written piece for the Times Sport Newspaper on “drugs in sport”, [12] addressed National Governing Bodies on behalf of Sport England and spoken at Wembley for Stonewall F.C.

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