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Australian swimming coach Dean Boxall’s wild celebration goes viral after Ariarne Titmus wins gold

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There are ways to celebrate and then there is Dean Boxall’s way to celebrate.

From his position above the pool, penned in behind a railing, the swimming coach of newly-crowned Australian Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus set the internet alight on Monday with a frenzied celebration in Tokyo.

Boxall cavorted wildly after the 20-year-old Titmus dethroned US star Katie Ledecky in the final of the women’s 400m freestyle, handing the five-time gold medallist her first defeat in an individual event at the Olympics.

His extraordinary – if slightly questionable – celebration saw him striding through the spectator’s area, pumping the air, ripping his mask off and hip-thrusting against a transparent barrier.

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The coach’s berserk gyrations became an immediate and international meme among the many viewers of the 32nd Olympiad.

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In Australia, broadcaster Fox Sports declared Boxall an “instant icon”. Many viewers, including Australian tennis player Daria Gavrilova, wished that they could have that level of encouragement in their lives too.

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The ABC journalist Emilie Gramenz suggested that Boxall’s energy should be harnessed and used to inspire the recently-awarded Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

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Around the world, hundreds of viewers were awestruck by the power of Boxall’s jubilation.

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