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After watching his swimmer win Olympic gold in epic fashion, Dean Boxall’s reaction quickly made its way across the internet. Archive photo via Jack Spitser/Spitser Photography
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After the one-year delay, the swimming calendar in 2021 was centered around the Tokyo Olympic Games, and fittingly, the sport’s most viral video of the year came during the competition.
With the world watching, Australian Ariarne Titmus and Americanย Katie Ledecky had an epic head-to-head battle in the final of the women’s 400 freestyle during the second finals session from the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, with Titmus ultimately getting the better of her rival to win her first career Olympic gold medal.
After Titmus’ monumental victory, TV cameras panned over to her coach,ย Dean Boxall, who was overjoyed, to say the least, by the result.
Boxall essentially lost his mind after watching his swimmer dethrone the most dominant champion in the sport, and the clip of him celebrating post-race quickly made its way across the internet.
Note: Multiple clips included in case certain readers are unable to view some due to geo-restrictions.

Coach Dean Boxall is all of Australia watching Ariarne Titmus win the 400 free ๐Ÿคฃ pic.twitter.com/jyW9XsbAzT
โ€” MySwimPro (@MySwimPro) July 26, 2021

Iโ€™ll have what Dean Boxall is having. pic.twitter.com/LlQoQ0cwWv
โ€” Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) July 26, 2021

Dean Boxall ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ is at it again.
Another gold for Ariarne Titmus means another amazing celebration from her coach.
WATCH: https://t.co/ZoPibtUgIT pic.twitter.com/FuQILM3w0N
โ€” CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) July 28, 2021

Australian artistย Alex Trevarthen even immortalized Boxall’s iconic moment with an oil painting.
 
 
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Boxall wasn’t done there, as Titmus won a second gold at the Games in the women’s 200 free, eliciting another, although more measured, celebration from the coach.
A reaction worthy of it’s own gold medal ๐Ÿฅ‡
Ariarne Titmus‘ coach Dean Boxall exemplifies what it means once again ๐Ÿ™Œ#7Olympis | #Tokyo2020 | #Swimming pic.twitter.com/Lq8gjUTWOS
โ€” 7Olympics (@7olympics) July 28, 2021
Dean Boxall ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ is at it again.
Another gold for Ariarne Titmus means another amazing celebration from her coach.
WATCH: https://t.co/ZoPibtUgIT pic.twitter.com/FuQILM3w0N
โ€” CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) July 28, 2021

 
 
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She’s back at again ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ alcohol free next please #twice #alcoholfree #kpop #once #Olympics #cheerup #sierraschmidt #fyp
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Previous Winners:
i see we are giving out awards for just about anything now
First given out in 2015 so not like it’s a new award.
this is an award?
Dean’s family’s reaction to him winning Gold in the 200 Free at Tokyo should’ve been an honourable mention.
It really couldn’t be anytthing else.
I really wanted it to be this one, but it was actually from 2020 (though I didn’t see it until 2021).
https://www.tiktok.com/@peteyusa/video/6897329885430271238?lang=en
It’s not even guys, it’s girls. w t f m8
It’s clearly Eamon Sulivan swimming the 100 free finals at the 2008 Olympics, educate yourself… casual!
I spoke too soon, I bow down before you oh holy one.
This video makes me laugh everytime I watch it. The coach’s celebration, the somewhat frightened usher and the reaction of the commentators… priceless!
I prefer the full Australian version, where Boxall is quite measured and concerned and stationary as Titmus trails by nearly a body length, then visibly becomes more interested and nervous as she closes the gap at the end of the third 100, to the growing confidence on the penultimate 50, and finally unleashed euphoria at the end. I’m not sure the longer version is readily available. I was surprised not to see it here. This is one video that includes it: https://youtu.be/OWsjxDXq2BI?t=272
Thanks for posting this. Excellent build up to the finish.
Must be pretty cool to be a coach having prepped an athlete to do something you thought/hoped she was capable of deliver exactly as planned on the biggest stage against the distance GOAT.
Where’s the Greg Meehan reaction video from the same race?
Nothing is going to top Laurie Lawrence after Duncan Armstrong won the 200 free in 1988. Laurie is being interviewed immediately afterwards by an unsuspecting television commentator. What does Laurie do? He slaps the poor guy in the face a few times because he can’t control his emotions…..AND…..in the process, ended up breaking the guys jaw!

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam โ€ฆ
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