Ariarne Titmus' father Steve was left temporarily voiceless after watching his 20-year-old daughter swim the second race of her life in the space of three days to claim another gold medal.
While Mr Titmus was voiceless, Launceston was left speechless while watching its new favourite daughter claiming her second gold medal.
Homes, schools and workplaces froze for the entire 1:53.50 while Titmus battled it out with fierce rival Katie Ledecky, but once the race was won the town rejoiced.
Once his voice had returned Mr Titmus said with a strong rasp the family was thrilled.
"We knew she would come home really hard but, wow, that last 25 ... what a racer, what guts, what determination," he said.
Timus' mother Robyn said she was nervous during the race but knew her daughter was bound to come home strong.
Titmus' grandparents Sandra and Kevin Farrelly had travelled from Launceston to Queensland to watch the spectacle.
"I wasn't so concerned before the 400, but when it came to the 200 I thought, it's a shorter race, can she make up enough time and come home fast, but she did it and what a fantastic race. We're so very proud," Mrs Farrelly said.
City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten spoke for all of Launceston when he congratulated Titmus on her second record-breaking achievement in a matter of days.
"On behalf of the City of Launceston, I sincerely congratulate Ariarne on her achievements in Tokyo thus far," he said.
Calls from earlier in the week for the Launceston Aquatic Centre to be renamed only amplified with Titmus' second victory.
Mandy Beveridge-Sertori took to social media to go even further: "Has the statue already been commissioned outside the Launnie Aquatic Centre yet"?
Mr van Zetten would not be drawn on exactly what recognition for Titmus would look like, but said there could be something set for the future.
"In the wake of Ariarne's achievements we are receiving a number of great suggestions from the community about appropriate recognition. These will be considered by the council in due course," he said.
Regardless of recognition, Titmus' name and her achievements will have been etched into the minds of anyone who watched her latest swim.
Mr van Zetten said he was certain she would inspire a new generation of swimmers in Northern Tasmania.
Titmus will swim for a third individual gold medal in the 800m freestyle on Thursday night. She has a chance to add to her count during the day on Thursday in the 4x200m relay if her team is able to make it to the final.
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