The Social Olympics: Bolt Breaks Twitter Record Too
The London Games have been dubbed the most social yet, with the organizers encouraging the athletes and fans to use social media. Here are the highlights from Day 13.
- In the 200-meter final, world record-holder Usain Bolt dominated the field to take gold ahead of his teammates, Yohan Blake, who won silver, and Warren Weir with bronze. Bolt made history in the Olympic Stadium by being the first man to retain both the 100-meter and 200-meter Olympic titles. Bolt recognised his feat and referred to himself as a 'living legend' on Twitter. All three sprinters pointed to their coach Glen Mills for being one of the main reasons behind Jamaica's clean sweep.
- London-based photographer Carys Lavin shared a photo on Twitter of an Usain Bolt fan doing the medalist's signature move.
- Twitter announced that Bolt's victory in the 200-meter race set a new record for tweets per minute during the Olympic games.
- Bolt, a keen Manchester United soccer fan, received congratulatory tweets from two of the club's biggest names, striker Wayne Rooney and defender Rio Ferdinand. Ferdinand has joked with Bolt on Twitter during the Olympics about trying out for Manchester United when the London Games are over.
- In the 800-meter race, Kenyan David Rudisha set the Olympic stadium alight with a stunning performance, breaking his own world record and cementing his position as the greatest ever 800-meter runner.
- The London Games is the first instance of women's boxing being featured as an Olympic sport. Great Britain's Nicola Adams made history in the boxing arena, beating China's Ren Cancan to take the first ever women's boxing gold medal.
- The Olympics birthed yet another internet meme when No. 10 Downing Street released a picture of British Prime Minister David Cameron watching Team GB women's boxer Nicola Adams win gold.
- Team GB's success continued in Taekwando when 19-year-old Jade Jones beat China's Yuzhuo Hou to take Great Britain's 25th gold medal. At 19, Jones is the youngest British Olympian to win a gold medal at the London Games.
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