200m final notches up 80,000 tweets-per-minute

Bolt breaks Olympic tweets-per-minute record

As Usain Bolt stormed across the finish line to win yesterday’s 200m sprint final, he didn’t just take the gold, he also won over the twitter-sphere.

Whilst the self-proclaimed legend couldn’t quite set a new Olympic record, he did inadvertently take another.

A record breaking 80,000 tweets were sent per minute as Bolt crossed the finish line to become the first man ever to defend both Olympic sprint titles.

The announcement was made by Twitter, who officially tweeted: "@usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM for his 200m victory."

Bolt has been a frequent user of the micro-blogging site throughout the Games and has amassed over 1.3 million followers.

Following his victory, he tweeted: "Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me", continuing to state "I am now a living legend that’s for sure."

Twitter has seen a boom in popularity at this year’s Olympics, as its opening ceremony saw 9.66 million mention on the site – a number that surpasses the total tweets sent throughout the duration of the 2008 Games in Bejing.

High-profile sporting events often lead to huge spikes in traffic for the site, as seen with this year’s Champions League final between Barcelona and Chelsea, which racked up an impressive 13,684 tweets-per-second.

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