Australian Olympic hero Ariarne Titmus‘ swim coach has gone viral all around the world for his priceless outburst following her historic gold medal – but not everyone enjoyed his antics.
Titmus, 20, stormed home to win gold in the 400m freestyle over America’s greatest ever female swimmer Katie Ledecky on Monday, with her coach Dean Boxall’s crazy celebrations being broadcast across the globe.
Boxall ripped his face mask off and started running up and down the stands before screaming and gyrating as a staff member panicked in the background.
His euphoric behaviour wasn’t enjoyed by everyone however, with a number of Americans taking to social media to label Boxall ‘vulgar and frankly offensive’.
‘The Americans might not like it, I don’t know. But I bleed with my athletes,’ Dean Boxall said of the criticism from the sore-losing USA fans
‘What the Australia coach did isn’t funny or cute. It bigfoots a woman athlete winning a gold medal and centers the attention on him,’ an American author named Laura Chapin tweeted.
‘It’s vulgar and frankly offensive and he should apologise to her and everyone else.’
Boxall refused to apologise for the celebration, saying his only regret was breaking Japan’s strict Olympic Covid protocols by ripping off his mask.
‘I lost it. I think I went outside my body. I just lost it. That’s a moment of being with this girl for five years and having a dream together,’ Boxall said.
‘The Americans might not like it, I don’t know. But I bleed with my athletes.’
Boxall, who Titmus and her family relocated from Tasmania to Queensland for him to be the prodigy’s coach, was caught on cameras of broadcasts around the world stalking the pool as the 20-year-old approached the wall for her first gold medal.
‘I mean he is going crazy. Oh my goodness, haha! He’s like putting on a show like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones or something,’ the commentator said as he burst through barriers and threw his mask.
Titmus stormed home to win gold in the 400m freestyle over America’s greatest ever female swimmer Katie Ledecky on Monday
His euphoric behaviour wasn’t enjoyed by everyone however, with a number of salty Americans taking to social media to label Boxall ‘vulgar and frankly offensive’
Boxall then grabbed onto a glass barrier and shook it vociferously as he gyrated into the railing.
He then punched the air and screamed at the pool as a startled Japanese Olympic worker nervously tried to encourage him back into his section.
The coach was later overcome with emotion and wiped away tears while Titmus took to the podium to accept her gold medal.
Despite millions around the world praising the coach for his charming and raw reaction to the win, some critics accused him of displaying ‘toxic’ behaviour.
‘That Australian swim coach is toxic as f*ck and I hope these athletes don’t have to deal with him too much longer,’ one woman tweeted.
Despite his charming and raw emotions, Americans unsurprisingly found a way to get upset, with one calling him ‘toxic’
Boxall wasn’t the only target of the sore-losing Americans, with many targetting Titmus, unaware she was the strong favourite for the event
Boxall was later seen wiping away tears and overcome in emotion as he watched Titmus take to the podium to accept her gold medal
‘There’s no way he’s not building unsafe relationships. With all we know about athlete mental health, especially Olympic athletes, it’s extra disgusting,’ she added.
Titmus and his other swimmers have repeatedly praised Boxall’s energy and personality, as evident by Titmus’ family uprooting themselves from Tasmania so he could coach their daughter.
‘He means everything to me,’ Titmus said of Boxall.
‘There’s a lot of different ways of showing emotion and how proud you are and Dean’s obviously quite expressive. For me, at this point in my career, I think it’s really important because his energy certainly lifts me up,’ fellow Olympian Mitch Larkins added.
‘There is such a great relationship between Dean Boxall and Ariarne. That is what emotion is all about,’ Titmus’ father said of his daugher’s coach.
Titmus and Boxall embrace each other after the Australian swimmer placed first in the 400m freestyle
‘He means everything to me,’ Titmus said of her swim coach Dean Boxall following her win
The sentiment of those closest to Boxall didn’t impact some Americans, with Golf Digest editor Brendan Porath saying Boxall ‘needs to get the hell out of here with that.’
‘Disgrace to the game,’ he tweeted.
Boxall wasn’t the only target of the sore-losing Americans, with many targeting Titmus, unaware she was the strong favourite for the event.
‘What the F Katie Ledecky? Losing to someone named Ariane Titmus (who?),’ a man named Paul Hanlin Jnr said.
‘The whole of America goes :’who the F is Ariarne Titmus and how lucky did she get tonight?’ Luckiest woman on the face of the earth’.
The American continued, saying ‘at least the Olympics now have a world class villain we can root against. *coughAriarneTitmuscough*’.
The sentiment of those closest to Boxall didn’t impact many Americans however, with Golf Digest editor Brendan Porath saying Boxall ‘needs to get the hell out of here with that’
This man was particularly incensed by Titmus smashing their American hero, firing off a series of ridiculous tweets
Boxall was undaunted by the criticism emanating from America however, as cameras showed him breaking down in the stands as Titmus received her medal
Cameras showed Boxall breaking down in the stands as Titmus received her medal.
‘I think I was more emotional than her,’ he said.
‘It just came out. I’d built it up in trials, I just… you know, it was coming through, the race unfolding, and then when I saw, you know, I couldn’t keep it in.’
Titmus said she was trying to restrain her emotions during the medal ceremony but lost it when she saw her coach crying.
‘But I looked over and saw Dean bawling his eyes out,’ she said, before breaking down herself.
Boxall said the outburst was the result of tireless hours he has put in to help his athletes, pointing to the opportunity to coach at the Olympics.
‘To be part of the Australian swimming team. For me, it’s the greatest honour,’ he said.
‘Working with a bunch of resilient athletes striving to do their best, how can you not be excited by that?
‘I just don’t turn off and that’s probably why I let it out, that’s why I got emotional, because it’s not just a nine to five job, its 24-7 and I wake up at night and I’m thinking how can I get better, how can Ariane get better.’
Titmus and Ledecky will also square off in a much-hyped 200m freestyle battle, though the American is favoured to win their duel over 800m
Titmus had nothing but praise for her coach and his unique celebration after her incredible come-from-behind victory
Boxall embraced Titmus as she walked over to the stand to hug her coach.
The swimmer had nothing but praise for her coach and his unique celebration after her incredible come-from-behind victory.
‘We didn’t discuss what I wanted to do in the pool. It was more of a have fun moment. I love you. Have fun. We practised this for so long. I just knew what I had to do when I got out there.’
Spectators around the world were stunned by Boxall’s priceless reaction to the win.
‘Titmus’ coach Dean Boxall looked like every living room across the country. What a moment,’ tweeted one man.
‘Dean Boxall is my favorite Olympics moment thus far,’ added another.
‘The Dean Boxall moment was almost designed to go viral. I’d never heard of him before but pretty confident he’ll now never have to buy himself a beer ever again,’ wrote a third.
Titmus’ achievement is Australia’s second gold medal of the Tokyo Games, following the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay success.
And it delivers Ledecky, regarded as the greatest female swimmer ever, her first defeat in an Olympic final.
Titmus, in lane three, kept watch on Ledecky in lane four in what became the utimate match race between the pair.
Spectators around the world were stunned by Boxall’s priceless reaction to the win and took to Twitter to share in the celebration
The American held the lead for the initial 300m but Titmus was watching her all the way, literally lurking at her heels.
The young Australian ominously surged closer and was just 0.16 seconds behind Ledecky with 100m remaining.
Titmus then reeled in her rival in a perfectly-executed race plan to win by half a body-length in a time of three minutes 56.69 seconds.
Ledecky touched home in 3:57.36 and China’s Li Bingjie was well back in third position in 4:01.08.
Titmus and Ledecky will also square off in a much-hyped 200m freestyle battle, though the American is favoured to win their duel over 800m.
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