Usain Bolt tops Facebook Olympic charts

Updated: Aug 14, 2012, 12:42 PM IST

London: Sprint legend Usain Bolt was the ’most mentioned athlete on social site Facebook during the whole of the London Olympic 2012 and was also hugely popular on Twitter, according to a report.

According to Facebook’s ‘mention’ charts, Bolt was the most talked about athlete on the social site, after he broke a Twitter Olympic record last week, with more than 80,000 tweets per minute following his 200m victory in the Games.

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps took second place on charts, while Gabby Douglas, an American gymnast came in third, The Telegraph reports.

The survey by Facebook claimed that Douglas was the most talked about female athlete on the site followed by Team GB’s gold medal winner Jessica Ennis and U.S. tennis ace, Serena Williams.

Phelps’ Facebook fan base overall grew the most, with an additional 747,300 new digital fans, while Bolt came in second, adding 694, 200 new fans and Ennis was placed third with 621,600 additional supporters on the site, the paper said.

The survey also showed that Usain Bolt’s victory in the 100 meters was the most talked about Olympic event on Facebook, followed by Andy Murray’s victory against Roger Federer and then Ennis’s gold medal victory in the heptathlon, the paper added.