Events

Behind the Tweets at #Tokyo2020

By Jay Bavishi

The Games are now complete and the last 17 days have left sports fans worldwide with incredible memories from top events, led by some of the finest athletes on the planet. Fans everywhere turned to Twitter to cheer for thrilling victories, engage with athletes, watch highlights from official broadcasters, and share in the live experience.

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We crunched the numbers to find the events, talents and trends that owned the podium on Twitter during the event. These rankings are based on all Tweets sent globally between July 23, 2021 and August 8, 2021.

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Most Tweeted events

  1. Brazil's Rayssa Leal (@rayssaleal) wins silver in women's street skateboarding
  2. Japan wins gold in men's baseball, defeating U.S.A. 
  3. Japan wins gold in table tennis mixed doubles, defeating China
  4. Japan wins gold in women's softball, defeating U.S.A
  5. Brazil win gold in men's soccer, defeating Spain
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Most mentioned athletes

  1. Rayssa Leal (@rayssaleal) - skateboarding, Brazil
  2. Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) - gymnastics, U.S.A. 
  3. Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) - track & field, India
  4. Kim Yeon-koung (@kimyk10) - volleyball, South Korea
  5. Greysia Polii (@GreysPolii) - badminton, Indonesia
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Most mentioned sports

  1. Volleyball
  2. Soccer
  3. Basketball
  4. Skateboarding
  5. Gymnastics
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Most Tweeted emoji

  1. 🥇
  2. 🥉
  3. 😭
  4. 🥈
  5. 🥺

The official @Olympics account was a must-follow for fans everywhere during the Games, sharing top highlights and content. These were the three most Liked @Olympics Tweets from the past 17 days.

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Mentions of @Olympics grew exponentially during the Games as well. There were 43x more daily mentions of the @Olympics account during the Games, compared to prior 2021 levels.

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Up next are the Paralympic Games. Follow @Paralympics on Twitter and use the #Paralympics hashtag to unlock our custom emoji, enjoy the action and keep on top of what’s happening in Tokyo.

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