Team GB race walker Tom Bosworth became yet another Olympic athlete to get engaged at the Games, following his proposal to boyfriend Harry Dingly on Copacabana beach yesterday. He follows Brazilian rugby sevens player Isadora Cerullo who got engaged to her partner Marjorie Enya shortly after the Brazilian team were knocked out of the competition. USA’s weightlifting darling Morghan King, who broke the American record out in Rio, also announced her engagement to her coach and long term partner Dean Kruse last week.
The world has been captivated by Chinese diving pair Quin Kai and He Zi who also got engaged during the Games. He Zi won silver in the women’s 3m springboard diving competition. At the end of the medal ceremony Kai, fellow diver and Zi’s boyfriend, appeared from nowhere and got down on one knee. After a long speech from Kai and what looked like a period of deliberation, Zi accepted the proposal to the roar of the aquatic centre.
Team GB’s Charlotte Dujardin, who retained her individual grand prix dressage gold medal at the equestrian centre on Tuesday, was also surprised by her partner Dean Golding who unveiled a t-shirt with “can we get married now?” on it. It turns out Golding had already made his proposal 4 years earlier but the pair had not yet tied the knot due to Dujardin’s hectic training and competition schedule. Golding’s patience was clearly wearing thin and he looked to seize his opportunity. Durjardin has been quoted as saying “I did promise him after London that we would get married, it just never happened with competitions and everything”. Durjardin has since promised to make their nuptials a priority.
Team mates and golden cycling couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott (who are set to leave Rio with five gold medals between them) are also due to marry just weeks after the Games have ended. With five days left before the closing ceremony in Rio, there is plenty of time for more Olympic romance. Watch this space.