Usain Bolt made history twice last night, becoming the first man ever to retain both the 100m and 200m Olympic titles – and breaking the record for most Olympic tweets on Twitter.
Posts about the Jamaican sprinter’s 200m final victory hit a high of more than 80,000 per minute on the social networking site, according to Twitter’s official account.
The last sporting event to have set a Twitter record was Superbowl XLVI, which prompted 10,245 tweets per second (TPS) during Madonna’s halftime peformance and a high of 12,233 TPS towards the end of the game.
Following last night’s 200m, Bolt took to Twitter to thank his parents, his coach Glen Mills and his many supporters.
“Thanks to all for the support. Really happy to be able to share this moment,” he said. “Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.”
Among those congratulating Bolt on Twitter was England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Tweeting via @WayneRooney, the footballer told Bolt “well done. Incredible race. Jamaica must be proud. Top 3.”
Bolt was joined on the podium by Jamaican teammates Yohan Blake, who claimed the silver medal in the race, and Warren Wier who finished third to take bronze.