If sporting fans were convinced that Sourav Ganguly waving shit shirt off at the Lord's balcony tops the most passionate celebrations, think again. Australian swimming coach Den Boxall has taken celebrating to the next level as he went bonkers after Ariarne Titmus clinched a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. From his position above the pool, where he was there behind a railing, the coach of the newly-crowned Australian Olympic champion team Ariarne Titmus gave the netizens something to drool over as he had a flamboyant, wild, crazy celebration.
While most have taken the celebration lightly, a few have even frowned upon the nature of his celebration. Notably, the celebration followed after the 20-year-old Titmus dethroned US star Katie Ledecky in the final of the women’s 400m freestyle, bringing an end to her reign and defeating her for the first time in an individual event at the Olympics. The celebration also saw the coach striding through the spectator's area and even ripping his mask off.
The video of the incident has gone viral on the internet and is spreading faster than a forest fire.
Check out his wild celebrations right here:
The coach's over the top celebration also became a global meme fest as netizens imagined the amazing possibilities and scenarios one would produce a similar celebration. While the Australian broadcaster Fox Sports termed Boxall an "instant icon," many viewers including tennis player Daria Gavrilova wishes they had this level of motivation and excitement. A journalist even suggested that Boxall's energy should be harnessed and inspire the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.
"It just came out ... When I saw the race unfolding I couldn't keep it in," he told Australia's Seven networks.
"Arnie executed it to perfection. So when I saw it starting to build, I thought 'here we go'," he said. "I need to apologise, I took my mask off by mistake and it just ripped. I just lost it in the moment."
Meanwhile, Titmus had all praises for her coach, whose actions became a global phenomenon.
"He means everything to me," Titmus said. "We didn't discuss what I wanted to do in the pool. It was more of a 'have fun' moment. I love you. Have fun."