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‘Wild’ coach gives ‘best reaction of all-time’

Ariarne Titmus’ coach Dean Boxall has become Australia’s cult hero of the Tokyo Olympics after an intense and passionate celebration when his charge overpowered American megastar Katie Ledecky to win gold in the 400m freestyle final.

In her Olympics debut, Titmus stunned the watching public by defeating the legendary Ledecky.

Swimming in lane three, next to Ledecky in lane four, Titmus clocked 3:56.69 to beat her fierce rival in 3:57.36. China’s Li Bingjie (4:01.08) was third.

“It’s probably the biggest thing you could pull off in your sporting career,” Titmus said, “so I’m over the moon.”

After Titmus’ win, cameras captured the moment her coach let loose, grabbing a railing in the stands while shaking his hair and body around in a passionate celebration.

The vision of Boxall became an instant hit on social media, with the likes of American sporting media giants ESPN, House of Highlights and Bleacher Report all sharing the moment with the rest of the world as fans flocked to social media to react.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medallist, after the race lauded the effort from her Aussie opponent.

“I fought tooth and nail,” Ledecky said. “She definitely swam a really smart race.

“She was really controlled upfront. I felt pretty smooth and strong going out and flipped at the 300 and it was like, ‘Oh, she’s right there.'”

But while the Australian swim coach became an instant hero, all eyes at the end of the day were on Titmus who received an outpouring of support, led by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting.

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