Australia’s Ariarne Titmus won the gold medal in the women’s 400 freestyle, but the Australian swim coach stole the show with his reaction.
Australian swim coach Dean Boxall could not, and would not, be contained with his excited reaction to Titmus’ victory. Take a look at Boxall Gone Wild in this video clip.
Titmus scored her victory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Katie Ledecky of the United States picking up the silver. Li Bingjie of China took the bronze, according to Reuters.
Fans took to Twitter almost immediately with their reactions.
Viewer Barrett Hilton asked, “Do we have a GIF of that Australian swimming coach yet?”
Another viewer, Kyle Rodda, said, “I hope one day to be as pumped about anything — ANYTHING — as Ariarne Titmus’ coach was about her win. Loved it.”
Australian Swim Coach Earned High Honors Back In 2019
Boxall was named the 2019 Australian Swimming Coaches And Teachers Association (ASCTA) prestigious Coach of the Year. He won the award for his efforts with Titmus, Clyde Lewis, and Mitch Larkin at 2018’s Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
Titmus was Australia’s sole individual gold medallist at the Championships. She defeated five-time United States Olympic gold medalist Ledecky in an epic 400-meter freestyle – overtaking Ledecky on the final lap.
Lewis was a member of Australia’s gold medal-winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay and also became Australia’s second-fastest ever 200-meter freestyler behind Ian Thorpe. Larkin swam his way back onto the World Championship podium, winning bronze in the 100-meter backstroke after a stellar Commonwealth Games in 2018, according to Swimming World Magazine.
Boxall, Australin Team Took Two-Month Break Back In 2020
In May 2020, Boxall talked about taking a two-month break from practices for the Australian swimmers. They took the break because of a countrywide COVID-19 lockdown. That was going on all across Australia during that period of time and shut down practices altogether.
“I’m pretty intense if I’m in their faces a bit,” Boxall said to Swimming World Magazine. “So I just made sure through (the lockdown) period that they were having a break and that included a break from me.
“You’ve got to go around for another 14 months,” he said. “I had to make sure they were looking forward to being in the program, being with me, and that couldn’t be done if I was going to be really on their back over this past eight weeks.”
The Australian team will continue competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, just as the U.S. team will as well. Ledecky is a legendary American swimmer along with Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, and Shirley Babashoff.