The only thing missing from Usain Bolt’s stunning victory recorded in the 200m final on Thursday night, which saw him take home his second gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics, was a world record.
It had been on the cards, with Bolt looking imperious in the qualifying rounds, but on the night he sadly fell just outside record pace, easing up on the finishing line and later admitting he knew wasn’t quite fit enough to break the record.
However, his performance did break another world record - for tweets per minute (TPM) on Twitter, with 80,000 sent in the 60 seconds after he cruised home to victory, as the world went crazy for the sprinting superstar’s super speed.
While Bolt himself may not be so fussed by the record, the acheivement underlines what a huge arena Twitter has now become as an outlet for the world’s voice in reaction to events across the world.
For Bolt, though, it was all about the victory, and he used Twitter (where else?) to celebrate with his fans, in his usual modest fashion.
Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that's for sure.— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 10, 2012
Who’s going to argue with that?
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