380,000 tweets in 3 hours as Joseph Schooling creates Singapore sporting history

Joseph Schooling slaps the water in delight after winning the 100m butterfly final.
Joseph Schooling slaps the water in delight after winning the 100m butterfly final. PHOTO: AFP
Schooling races in the 100m butterfly final.
Schooling races in the 100m butterfly final. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - As Joseph Schooling slapped the water in delight after winning the race of his life, Singaporeans on social media clocked in with a torrent of tributes to the nation's first Olympic champion.

There was a massive spike in Tweets surrounding Joseph Schooling's win in the immediate aftermath of the 100m butterfly final, peaking at an average of 8,500 tweets at around 9.17am when the race ended.

In total, 380,000 tweets went out on the social media platform during a three-hour window from 8am to 11am, Twitter Singapore said.

Schooling, 21, who touched home in an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds, beat a formidable field of competitors, including his childhood idol and legendary Olympian Michael Phelps.

The Straits Times' sports desk, covering the action from the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio, also got in on the tweeting action.

Among some of its top performing tweets included a quote from Schooling - "The swim wasn't for me. It's for my country." - and a photo of Schooling holding up his gold medal.


Correction: An earlier version of the story stated that there was a massive spike in tweets bearing the hashtag #SchoolingWinsGold, instead of just tweets about Schooling's win. This has been corrected.