Bolt sprinting towards million Facebook fans

(Jamaica Observer) Just over four months since Usain Bolt lost his first race in two years at the August 6 Stockholm meet, his popularity has not waned — well, certainly not on Facebook. His Facebook statistics is showing an additional 930,000 fans since that time.

Bolt’s numbers on Facebook has shown a 45 per cent increase, taking it to 2,996,814 fans. The breakdown of fans shows that at least 950,000 fans log on each month with just about 250,000 on average each week.BOLT… at least 950,000 fans log on each month with just about 250,000 on average each week

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

Bolt’s philanthropic contributions to the completion of the Sherwood Content Health Centre and his visits to his community reported top figures in early December with an average of 1.2 million hits per story; while the other major stories with record impressions of over one million came from the serialisation of his illustrated autobiography — My Story: 9.58.

The serialisation was carried by the Observer.

Another astounding fact on Facebook is that 75 per cent of the users are male while the remainder is female. Of the total fans, 41 per cent is in the 13-17 age group while 39 per cent are in the 18-24 age group.

The third most popular group is 25-34 totalling 12 per cent.

The top countries are UK, USA, France, Italy, Canada and Chile.

Bolt launched his book in London in September and in Jamaica in October. The attraction Usain Bolt Tracks and Records is set to open first quarter of 2011 in Kingston.

The World and Olympic champion for the 100 and 200 metres is currently training in Kingston and is “in pretty good shape” as he prepares for the 2011 World Championship, scheduled for Daegu, South Korea.

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