Andy Murray had said he wasn’t sure if a Wimbledon title could be better than winning the Olympics. Well, now Twitter has spoken.
Murray’s 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final, the first win for a British man since 1936, accrued 3.4 million mentions on Twitter over a 12-hour stretch, according to the United Kingdom’s Twitter blog.
It climaxed around the end of the match, at about 5:25 p.m. London time, at 120,000 tweets per minute.
That edged the UK’s highest ratio during the London Olympics, when the Spice Girls reunited to perform during the closing ceremony. That moment generated a mere 116,000 tweets per minute, according to the report.
Murray added more than 131,000 followers to reach nearly two million total on the final day of Wimbledon. His first post-victory tweet was retweeted more than 90,000 times.
On Monday, Murray answered questions on Twitter, including if he slept with the trophy Sunday night (no). Clearly, being the toast of Britain hasn’t caused an ego inflation.
Another British Olympian takes spotlight with Monday news
Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook.
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.
None of the boxers won medals.
The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.
The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”
The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.
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