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Who is Dean Boxall, the coach of Ariarn Titmus who became famous at the Tokyo Olympics?

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Dean Boxall, coach of Ariarn Titmus and the man who set a unused standard for festivities at the Olympics, is headed off.

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In case you missed it, the now-famous Boxall out-of-body experience came when Titmus hit the wall 0.67 of a second in fore of the greatest swimmer of all time, USA’s Katie Ledecky, to triumph the gold medal.

A Japanese official has spooked, reviving footage showing the narrow torsos of a forgotten wrestler, and prompting a statement from the International Olympic Committee.

Here are more details about the man who shook that stadium barrier to the sky and proceeded to hack the internet.

Dean Boxall is seen holding onto stadium barriers and raising his head in the air at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
The stadium blockers took the brunt of Dean Boxall’s super celebration. (

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Described as a “rock star” coach

It might be the flowy locks, the way he can play in fore of the crowd even when the stadium is unload, or the way he pushes those hips, but Boxall was already known to be a lofty-octane guy prior his viral moment.

“This is how Dean acts,” Titmus said following hearing about the footage.

“He gets excited about what he’s doing, and he becomes very moveable.”

The 44-year-old Boxall was born in South Africa and moved with his family to Brisbane when he was seven.

His rise to prominence in the world of elite swimming has led to him being likened to coach icon Laurie Lawrence.

A profile in the Sydney Morning Herald from 2019 reads: “Boxal trainer is like a hurricane and speaks like a force of nature as soon as it takes off.”

He trained six other Olympians

While he and Ariarn Titmus will forever be linked, Boxall also coaches Elijah Winnington, Mitch Larkin, Meg Harris, Molly O’Callaghan and Abby Harkin in Tokyo.

St Peters Heads Western in Brisbane

Boxall’s association with the St Peters Western appeared all over the place in the wake of the famous Titmus triumph.

St Peters Western has a reputation as the country’s preeminent program for elite swimmers.

It’s a place known to roam up and down the pool lanes with the considerate of liveliness and spirit seen lofty overhead the pool deck at Tokyo Aquatic Center.

Ariarn Titmus touches the pool wall in fore of Katie Ledecky at Tokyo Aquatic Center.
Titmus touched the wall prior Lydecky to hand the American her first ever Olympic loss.(

AP: David J. Philip


His bold style is credited with taking Titmus from a young superstar to a global superstar.

When Boxall and Titmus joined St Peters Western, Boxall told Nine Newspapers that the best Titmus team was then 16 seconds behind Ledecky’s in the 400-meter freestyle.

Titmus is a big fan

The swimmer and coach are known to have formed a exceptional bond in their quest to chase down one of the sport’s all-time greats.

“[It’s] him as much as mine. After winning the gold medal, Titmus said he puts 100 per cent into being a swimming coach.

Ariarn Titmus holds her gold medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Ariarn Titmus says she would not have won the Olympic gold without Boxall’s guidance.(

AFP: Matthias Schrader)


On social media, Titmus sang of praises for Boxall, telling her Instagram followers, “My place today wouldn’t be conceivable without the guidance of my coaches Dean, St Peters Western and all of my family.”

It caught the attention of the International Olympic Committee

The defining moment of Boxall’s unbridled procession was the sympathetic removal of his confront mask, prompting the International Olympic Committee to remind those with Games accreditation to abide by COVID protocols.

“We are asking everyone – all stakeholder groups based in Tokyo – to persevere to succeed the game’s handbooks, which provide the clearest conceivable guidance on how to decrease the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” an IOC spokesperson told Herald & The Edge.

“We fully understand that athletes want to celebrate their achievements and exceptional moments at the height of their sports career.

“In order to ensure safe games for all participants and the Japanese people, it is essential that everyone play according to the rules.”

He “bleeds” with his swimmers

This is what Boxall told reporters when explaining his reaction.

“I bleed with the athletes,” he said. “When they leave the pool with me… they have to start the recovery process and go home.”

“They stopped working. I don’t. I go home and dream about them. I go home and try to find a way for them to get better.

“Maybe that’s why I came out, and why I became emotional. It’s not just a 9-5 job, it’s 24/7. I wake up at night thinking about how Arnie could do better, how Mitch could do better, how Elijah could do.”


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