Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt may be pleased with himself for winning the gold in yesterday’s 200m sprint, but the Olympian accomplished another feat that he is surely patting himself on the back for. As the 25-year-old sprinted across the finish line, sports fans across the globe tweeted furiously about his victory, making him the most tweeted about person in history with 80,000 tweets per minute.
"Record alert!" Twitter confirmed in a tweet. "@usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM for his 200m victory."
Bolt completed the race with a winning time of 19.32 seconds, beating compatriots Yohan Blake and Warren Weir who took the silver and bronze, respectively. Bolt is the only sprinter in history to have won the 200m event twice, having also taken the gold in Beijing four years ago.
With over 1.3 million Twitter followers, Bolt has used the social network to boost his standing among his fans, regularly posting light-hearted boasts and updates about his training regimen.
“Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that's for sure,” he tweeted following his victory.
This year’s Games, dubbed the first social media Olympics, have seen viewers flock to Twitter to discuss the events. On the day of the opening ceremony, some 9.66 million tweets about the spectacle were posted - that’s more than the number of tweets sent during the entire duration of the Beijing Olympics. Twitter also created a dedicated Olympics page, curating tweets from media partners, athletes, and fans.
Before being shattered by Bolt, the record for sports-related tweet mentions was held by the Champions League match between Barcelona and Chelsea in April, which drew 13,684 tweets per second.