Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus defends coach Dean Boxall against ‘disrespectful’ comments

Olympian Ariarne Titmus rose to fame after her stunning pool performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

But the 20-year-old says the moment was marred by negative comments about her coach, Dean Boxall.

The enthusiastic Boxall has been labeled ‘toxic masculinity’ by some after his overreaction to her incredible gold medal win.

Sunbathing: Olympian Ariarne Titmus rose to fame after her stunning pool performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Pictured in this week's issue of Stellar

Sunbathing: Olympian Ariarne Titmus rose to fame after her stunning pool performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Pictured in this week’s issue of Stellar

“It’s really disrespectful to me for people to say that,” she said Stellar Magazine on Saturday.

“It’s really inappropriate. I’m the one who works with him, and I know a hundred percent that’s not the case at all.’

Titmus stormed home to win gold in the 400-meter freestyle over America’s greatest ever swimmer, Katie Ledecky, while Boxall’s crazy celebrations were broadcast around the world.

Critics: Enthusiastic Boxall (pictured) has been labeled 'toxic masculinity' by some after his overreaction to her incredible gold medal win

Critics: Enthusiastic Boxall (pictured) has been labeled 'toxic masculinity' by some after his overreaction to her incredible gold medal win

Critics: Enthusiastic Boxall (pictured) has been labeled ‘toxic masculinity’ by some after his overreaction to her incredible gold medal win

No, thanks: “It’s really disrespectful for people to say that,” Ariane said. “It’s really inappropriate. I’m the person who works with him, and I know 100 percent that’s not the case at all”

He ripped off his face mask and started running up and down the stands before screaming and spinning around as a staff member panicked in the background.

Boxall, who moved Titmus and her family from Tasmania to Queensland to become the child prodigy’s coach, was caught on broadcast cameras around the world stalking the pool as she approached the wall for her first gold medal.

“I mean, he’s going crazy. oh my god, haha! He’s just putting on a show like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones or something,” the commentator said as he burst through the barriers and tossed his mask.

Highly energetic: As Titmus stormed home to win gold in the 400m freestyle, Boxall's frenzied celebrations were broadcast around the world.  He ripped off his face mask and started running up and down the stands before screaming and spinning around

Highly energetic: As Titmus stormed home to win gold in the 400m freestyle, Boxall's frenzied celebrations were broadcast around the world.  He ripped off his face mask and started running up and down the stands before screaming and spinning around

Highly energetic: As Titmus stormed home to win gold in the 400m freestyle, Boxall’s frenzied celebrations were broadcast around the world. He ripped off his face mask and started running up and down the stands before screaming and spinning around

Boxall grabbed hold of a glass barrier and shook it as he twisted against the railing.

He then slammed into the air and yelled at the pool when a startled Japanese Olympic worker nervously encouraged him to get back into his section.

The coach was later overcome with emotion and wiped away tears as Titmus took to the podium to receive her gold medal.

Winner: The swimmer cleaned up at this year's Tokyo Olympics, winning gold in the women's 400m freestyle and women's 200m freestyle.  Pictured winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics

Winner: The swimmer cleaned up at this year's Tokyo Olympics, winning gold in the women's 400m freestyle and women's 200m freestyle.  Pictured winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics

Winner: The swimmer cleaned up at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, winning gold in the women’s 400m freestyle and women’s 200m freestyle. Pictured winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics

Sad moment: Ariane admitted she cried with regret after winning bronze in the 200m freestyle relay. “I was quite disappointed with how I swam for the team,” she said

Elsewhere in the interview, Ariane admitted she cried with regret after winning bronze in the 200m freestyle relay.

“I was quite disappointed with how I swam for the team,” she told the publication.

“After we got our medal, I came back to the team room and burst into tears. But that was really the only time I felt I had to pull myself together a little bit.’

Tears: “After we got our medal, I came back to the team room and burst into tears.  But that was really the only time I felt I had to pull myself together a little bit,

Tears: “After we got our medal, I came back to the team room and burst into tears.  But that was really the only time I felt I had to pull myself together a little bit,

Tears: “After we got our medal, I came back to the team room and burst into tears. But that was really the only time I felt I had to pull myself together a little bit,” she said

But in general, the athlete admits: “Of course winning and being on the podium was a feeling like no other.”

The blonde swimmer starred in a stunning photoshoot for Stellar’s issue this week, posing in a matching gold high fashion dress on the cover.

In the magazine, she showed off her good looks as she posed in a retro sweater and shorts on the beach.

Good feeling: But overall the athlete admits: 'Of course winning and being on the podium was a feeling like no other'

Good feeling: But overall the athlete admits: 'Of course winning and being on the podium was a feeling like no other'

Good feeling: But overall the athlete admits: ‘Of course winning and being on the podium was a feeling like no other’

Ariarne cleared up at the Tokyo Olympics this year, taking gold in the women’s 400-meter freestyle and women’s 200-meter freestyle.

She also won silver in the women’s 800m freestyle and bronze in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

After the Olympics, she commented, “What a crazy trip it has been.”

Wow!  The blonde swimmer starred in a stunning photoshoot for Stellar's issue this week, posing in a matching gold high fashion dress on the cover.

Wow!  The blonde swimmer starred in a stunning photoshoot for Stellar's issue this week, posing in a matching gold high fashion dress on the cover.

Wow! The blonde swimmer starred in a stunning photoshoot for Stellar’s issue this week, posing in a matching gold high fashion dress on the cover.

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