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Americans Accuse Ariarne Titmus' Coach Of Being 'Toxic' During Epic Gold Medal Celebrations

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Americans Accuse Ariarne Titmus' Coach Of Being 'Toxic' During Epic Gold Medal Celebrations

By Stewart Perrie

Dean Boxall represented all Australians when he jumped with joy at the Tokyo Olympics.

He ripped off his face mask, threw his hands in the air and shook the railing so hard it looked like it was about to break.

The viral moment happened after Aussie swimmer Ariarne Titmus won gold in the 400m freestyle event and upstage legendary American Katie Ledecky.

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While it was a well-received moment Down Under, other viewers weren't impressed.

Boxall's epic reaction was particularly criticised by Americans watching the NBC coverage and some accused him of trying to upstage Ariarne.

US author Laura Chapin tweeted: "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.

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"It's vulgar and frankly offensive and he should apologise to her and everyone else."

US sports podcaster Lindsay Gibbs added: "I can already foresee Titmus' uncomfortably aggressive coach getting more media attention in the US than she does, and I am pre-emptively very, very, very annoyed by it!!"

American tennis legend Pam Shriver also said: "Congratulations for OZ but Thank God you don't celebrate as a coach like that. When the coach tried to be the show it's [vomit emoji]."

Thankfully, Dean doesn't give a toss what Americans think of his reaction because it was pure, unadulterated, unbridled happiness.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"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 to Channel 7.

"The Americans might not like it, I don't know. But I bleed with my athletes.

"When they leave the pool deck with me, they go and start the recovery process and go home. I don't ... I go home and dream for them. I go home and try to find a way for them to get better. I don't turn off, so that's why I got emotional."

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He said it was incredible to watch Ariarne take home the gold and produce a stunning upset in the swimming category.

"We had a race plan but in this situation and under that amount of pressure, Ariarne executed it to perfection," he said. "And so when I saw it starting to build, I thought, 'Here we go, she could do this!'

"Unbelievable to execute that under pressure."

Titmus' win was particularly spectacular because she upset Katie Ledecky, the American who has never been beaten in an Olympic final for the event.

Featured Image Credit: PA / Channel 7

Topics: America, olympics, Tokyo Olympics, swimming, Australia

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