When Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus won the women’s 400m freestyle at Tokyo 2020 on Monday, her coach Dean Boxall went viral with his exuberant celebration. The world watched on as Boxall jumped and gyrated with joy.
Earlier today, after winning her fourth medal of the Tokyo 2020 swim meet, Titmus revealed the video had been bringing her joy, too. Asked what the most “fun” part of the week had been, the Australian said she had been watching the video on replay in her room in the athlete’s village.
“When you’re living in this little bubble just trying to not think about anything else other than your races, it’s hard to see what’s going on outside of yourself,” Titmus said after securing the silver medal behind Katie Ledecky in her final swim of the Olympics, the 800m freestyle.
“It sounds weird, but looking back at videos of my coach with his reaction to the 400m,” she said. “I would sit in my room and giggle for half an hour, just rewatching it. Every time it got funnier. That was a really good moment, to see his reaction. I’m also not surprised by his reaction – that’s just who he is.”
Thanks Jonathan. Lots to come from hereon but for the pugilists among us, the first medal in boxing at Tokyo 2020 has been won, Italy’s Irma Testa claiming bronze after losing to Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines in the women’s featherweight semi-final.
And with that, I shall bid you farewell for the day. I’ll be back again tomorrow for our final session in the pool. I’ll leave you in the safe hands of Scott Heinrich. See you tomorrow.
Australia’s medal rush at the Tokyo 2020 continued on Saturday with the Dolphins adding gold, silver and bronze to their already sizeable haul at the pool. Kaylee McKeown won her second individual gold of the Olympics with victory in the women’s 200m backstroke, while two-time gold medallist Ariarne Titmus added a silver to her tally in the women’s 800m freestyle.