|By Business Wire||
|August 2, 2012 12:37 PM EDT||
Tencent, the leading online media company in China, today announced the top trending topics on its Tencent Weibo platform for today. The success of Ye Shiwen, the double gold medal-winning athlete, achieved the top trending spot with just under 12.5 million posts, votes and discussions posted on the site during a 24 hour period. Members of the Chinese audience viewing the Games used Tencent’s online services to voice their opinions.
Under the trending topic: “How can Ye Shiwen swim faster than a man?”, Chinese posters voted on the international discussion taking place about the swimmer’s performance and voiced support for the athlete.
The top ten topics of the past 24 hours have been ranked based on trend. Post numbers shown are the total number of posts about a topic since it was first posted.
1. ‘How can Ye Shiwen swim faster than a man?’ – 12,481,546 posts.
2. ‘Don’t cry, gymnast girls’ – 3,996,265 posts about the Chinese women’s gymnastic team ranking fourth in the group event.
3. ‘Professional Congratulations Team’ - 2,014,344 posts on the TV host and actor He Jiong sending posts of congratulations to all of China’s medal winners, leading to him and his partner Xie Na becoming known as the Professional Congratulations Team. Athletes are also asking the host for congratulations on Weibo.
4. ‘Olympic flag raising’ – 716,004 posts on the flags of China and South Korea not being raised to the same level when Sun Yang won the Silver at the men's 200m freestyle swimming.
5. ‘All the athletes are heroes, though some of them have not won gold’ – 10,573,141 posts on this theme.
6. ‘Who should the athletes thank after winning a medal?’ – 6,652,116 posts.
7. ‘Appeals during London Olympics’ – 1,741,393 posts on appeals raised by athletes during the Games.
8. ‘Journalists in the London Media Centre’ – 8,719,689 posts about this notice.
9. ‘Zhang Chenglong away from home’ – 49,774,787 posts on the Chinese athlete training dedication.
10. ‘Ling Dan enters top eight’ – 3,805,019 posts on Chinese athlete reaching the quarter finals of the badminton competition.
Why can Ye Shiwen swim so fast?
1. Due to hard-work and perseverance - 14,464 votes (41.89%)
2. She is so talented in swimming – 10,752 votes (31.14%)
3. Due to her good state and performance on the day – 8,776 votes (25.42%)
4. Other reasons – 536 votes (1.55%)
What do you think of the athletes that have not won gold?
1. Respect all their hard work – 16,712 votes (94.76%)
2. Feel sorry for them - 504 votes (2.86%)
3. Only champions are heroes/heroines - 286 votes (1.62%)
4. Other - 134 votes (0.76%）
1. Chinese defending Ye Shiwen, commenting on the Western coach suspicious of her performance.
2. In support for Ye Shiwen's clean record, they say she attained the world record due to her talent and endeavour.
3. Chinese looking forward to Ye Shiwen's next competition and believe she can also do well in future events.
Wang Yong Zhi, Vice Chief Editor of QQ.com, said: “The positive response of the Chinese audience to Ye Shiwen has been massive. She has become the star of the Games so far. We have also seen a lot of discussion about the reporting of her performance in the Western media. This was split between those that wanted to criticise and were suspicious of the swimmer’s performance and those that stated journalists had to report on what was taking place, irrespective of whether they agreed with the content.”
Topics and post numbers taken at 5pm August 1st 2012, Chinese Standard Time.
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