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Rio Olympics the top Twitter trend of 2016

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The Rio Olympics marked the No. 1 global Twitter trend of 2016, topping the U.S. presidential election, Brexit and Pokemon Go.

Twitter published a year in review, highlighting Olympic tweets from Usain Bolt and Simone Biles.

In 2014, the Sochi Olympics did not crack Twitter’s top five global events, which was led by the Brazil World Cup.

In 2012, the Olympics were the No. 4 trend among U.S. sports, behind NFL, NASCAR and MLB.

In 2010, the Vancouver Olympics did not crack Twitter’s top 10 trends, which was led by the BP oil spill.

VIDEO: Best sound bytes of Rio Olympics

Social media, gymnastics royalty react to Biles and Raisman’s stunning Olympic heroics

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You weren’t the only one thrilled by Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Thursday.

The Team USA superstars, winners of gold and silver in Rio, got love from all over social media after their showstopping performance in the women’s individual all-around.

From fellow American athletes to singers and media types, the praise was effusive and deserved.

Here’s a sampling.

 

Great Britain’s Peaty breaks own world record, gets Twitter love from grandma

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Forget the fact that it was “just” heats, because Adam Peaty just made history.

The 21-year-old Great Britain swimmer broke the world record in the 100m breaststroke, blazing a 57.55 en route to the honors.

Peaty set the standard last year, swimming a 57.92 in April 2015 in London. The new mark is almost a full second better than the one he broke:ย Cameron van der Burghย of South Africa’s 58.46 from London 2012

Grandma was pumped.

United States swimmers Kevin Cordes (59.13) and Cody Miller (59.17) finished fourth and fifth.