Friday, September 7, 2012
The top five most followed GB Paralympic athletes of the Games (in order) so far are:
- Ellie Symonds (@EllieSimmonds1)
- Jonnie Peacock (@JonniePeacock)
- David Weir (@davidweir2012)
- Sarah Storey (@MrsSarahStorey)
- Will Bayley (@WillBayleytt)
Of these, the GB Paralympic athlete who has seen the biggest increase in followers since the Games began is sprinter Jonnie Peacock (@JonniePeacock), whose follower numbers have gone up more than 500%.
There have been more than 180,000 mentions of these athletes on Twitter since the Paralympics began, and the peak in conversation about them came on Thursday 6 September as Jonnie Peacock won gold in the T44 100m sprint final.
Here’s a great photo of the moment he won gold:
After his victory Jonnie took to Twitter and retweeted this great picture:
Jonnie Peacock and his mum twitter.com/BBCRadio2/stat… - Best mum hug ever.— Grace Dent (@gracedent) September 7, 2012
He also shared this great snap of a well-deserved McDonald's!
Ohhhhh yeahhh!!!!! Been waiting for this!!! twitter.com/JonniePeacock/…— Jonnie Peacock (@JonniePeacock) September 6, 2012
Admiration for Paralympic athletes from their Olympic counterparts have flooded Twitter, including this message from 100m Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt (@usainbolt):
Paralympics Games is where you find true champions.. All magnificent athletes.. Talk about that 5000m just now.. Incredible— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) September 2, 2012
Diver Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) also shared his support:
It is just so amazing how inspiring all of the Paralympians are, competing with such grit and determination...heroes, all of you!— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) September 2, 2012
With the final events and the Closing Ceremony taking place this weekend, make sure you stay tuned to Twitter for a unique perspective of these extraordinary events.
-- Lewis Wiltshire, @LewisWiltshire