Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In fact, the achievement prompted one journalist to point out that one family was leading quite a few other nations in the medals table.
The Brownlee family are now 36th in— Andy Halls (@ajhalls1) August 7, 2012
#London2012 medal table, joint with Lithuania. Currently ahead of Spain, Norway and Argentina.
Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) was impressed, pointing out this nugget of information to his followers:.
Alistair Brownlee ran that 10k just 83secs slower than Mo Farah on a track having just swam a mile and cycled a marathon first.— Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) August 7, 2012
And F1 star Jenson Button (@JensonButton), a keen triathlete himself, was quick to tweet his congratulations to the brothers:
Congratulations to our Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee for his GOLD and his bro for the Bronze! Exciting race guys!— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) August 7, 2012
More athletes are on Twitter during these Games than ever before, giving fans a front row seat to the action. And if you're happy just being a spectator, remember that you don't have to tweet to enjoy Twitter. Just follow people or organisations that you find interesting, sit back, and enjoy.
One of the best things about Twitter is watching the conversation unfold between two high-profile figures, and we saw a great example of this today:
Overnight, Usain Bolt (@usainbolt) gave an interview where he said he wanted a trial at Manchester United and this morning the Man Utd star Rio Ferdinand (@RioFerdy5) tweeted him to say that he could arrange it:
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 7, 2012
@usainbolt if you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m, waiting for you to smash the 200m now!
@usainbolt replied to say they should work on it after the Olympics, although we aren't holding our breath:
After the Olympics we work on that...lol..thanks man— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 7, 2012
Twitter has also been unearthing high-jinks in the Olympic Village, such as this chat between @usainbolt and fellow 100m runner Asafa Powell (@officialasafa):
— Asafa Powell (@officialasafa) August 7, 2012
@usainbolt yow bring back the banana you stole from my room
It might not just be athletes you decide to follow. @andy_murray’s pet dog @maggiemay_hem has her own Twitter account, where she posted this shot of her and Rusty modelling Murray’s medals:
Here we go folks... Just checking to make sure Rusty definitely has the silver, obviously. twitter.com/maggiemay_hem/…— Maggie May (@maggiemay_hem) August 6, 2012
While @usainbolt continued to steal the headlines (and arguably the fruit from his team-mates' rooms), @TeamGB eyes have now moved back to the Olympic Park and the Velodrome. If you’re watching this evening remember to cheer for Laura Trott (@LauraTrott31), Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) and Victoria Pendleton (@V_Pendleton), and if they do well, be sure to watch out for tweets from their team-mates, with all of the top cyclists active on Twitter.
When it comes to tomorrow, here’s our top suggestions for people to follow to stay on top of the action:
- Women’s 10m platform diving: Stacie Powell (@powellstacie)
- Women’s boxing flyweight semifinal: Nicola Adams (@NicolaAdams2012)
- Men’s light welterweight boxing: Thomas Stalker (@ThomasStalker1)
- Women’s 470 sailing: Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills (@470Girls)
-- Lewis Wiltshire, @LewisWiltshire