Usain Bolt‘s seemingly effortless win in the 200 meter sprint set more than one record Thursday.
Not only did the victory make him the first man to ever win two golds in that event, it also set off a massive wave of Olympics-based Twitter chatter like none the site has ever seen — 80,000 tweets per minute, to be exact.
Reps from the microblogging platform announced the record in a tweet of their own Thursday evening:
— Twitter (@twitter) August 9, 2012
While impressive, talk of the 25-year-old Jamaican’s historic feat (or “feet,” as it were) is far from the all-time record for event-based tweet volume. That distinction belongs to this year’s Super Bowl, which generated an astounding 12,233 tweets per second — that’s 733,980 per minute.
Other notable conversation starters were Madonna‘s halftime show at the aforementioned NFL finale (10,245 TPS) and Beyoncé‘s on-stage announcement of her pregnancy at last year’s Video Music Awards (8,868 TPS).
[Props: Digital Spy]