Two BILLION people watch Usain Bolt's win... but none in America
Sports fans outraged as NBC fails to show 100m final live on TVNBC, saving the footage for their prime-time recap Sunday evening as the network faces continued criticism over their coverage of the London Games. Jamaican runner Usain Bolt set an Olympic record in the event, running it in simply 9.63 seconds.
Bolt sailed through the semifinals in London this afternoon and upheld his title as the world's fastest man at 4.50pm EDT today.
But, not for the first time in this Olympics, NBC took the controversial decision to hold off broadcasting the hugely popular event until prime time, leaving millions of track and field fans outraged.
Fans desperate to see the 25-year-old set the track on fire again, four years after his superb performance in Beijing, took to Twitter to vent their anger, using the hashtag #NBCfails.
'How can NBC be so inept? How many senior execs will be canned? How high will the cleaning go? It'll probably be delayed,' one user tweeted.
Another wrote: 'Thank you NBC for showing Bolt winning the 100 meter finals instead of woman vollyball (sic) and horses. wait you didn't.'
In Britain alone the TV audience was expected to be about 15million – a quarter of all Britons – with theatres and cinemas putting on special screenings that had begun in time to the semi-finals earlier in the evening.
Despite earlier heavy rain and soggy conditions, thousands who had been at other venues inside the Olympic park on so-called ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘Showdown Sunday’ stayed to watch the race on the big screens.
Among those cheering the athletes on tonight were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who joined in a standing ovation.