20 million tune in to watch Usain Bolt’s 100 metres victory

The Jamaican's record-breaking run is the BBC's biggest day since the opening ceremony

An audience of 20 million people watched Usain Bolt win gold in the men’s 100 metres final last night, according to BBC figures.

As many as 19.4 million people tuned in to BBC1 to see the race – a 64.5 per cent share of the audience – with another 600,000 watching via the red button service.

The only part of the games to have attracted more viewers so far was last Friday’s opening ceremony, which had a peak audience of 26.9 million. Roger Mosey, the BBC’s director for London 2012, tweeted:


Sensational UK audience of 20 million for Usain Bolt’s triumph in the Olympic 100m final last night. #BBC2012

— Roger Mosey (@rogermosey) August 6, 2012
On Saturday (August 4), over 17 million people tuned in to watch Mo Farah become the first Briton to win the men’s 10,000 metres final.

Earlier in the day, 16.3 million had seen Jessica Ennis triumph in the Heptathlon final and 15.6 million watched Greg Rutherford win the long jump. Previously, more than 11 million had watched Rebecca Adlington win a bronze medal in the 800m swimming final, while the opening ceremony attracted a total of 26.9 million viewers.

Meanwhile, click below to watch an off-duty Bolt showing off his DJ skills.