Japan In the final of the Women's World Cup tournament -- Japan stunned the Americans in a riveting final, beating the favorites 3-1 in a penalty shootout Sunday after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 draw. Goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori made two brilliant saves in the shootout.
After each game, the team unfurled a banner saying, "To our Friends Around the World -- Thank You for Your Support." On Sunday, they did it before the match and afterward they had a new sign to display: Champions -- and the first Asian country to win this title.
The Americans found it all too hard to grasp. They believed they were meant to be World Cup champions after their rocky year -- needing a playoff to qualify, a loss in group play to Sweden, the epic comeback against Brazil. They simply couldn't pull off one last thriller.
And if you were paying attention to your Twitter stream today, you may have seen an influx of Tweets about the game, which ended in a penalty shootout.
Twitter just Tweeted out that the Women's World Cup final scored a new record with 7,196 Tweets per second. Even U.S. President Barack Obama joined in Tweeting about the game. And from the Tweet, "today's end to the Paraguay/Brazil game is now 2nd with 7,666 TPS."
In terms of past events, Super Bowl 2011 saw 4,064 TPS, and the all-time high was New Years Eve 2010 in Japan, which hit 6,939 TPS at its peak. On the day of the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in March, Twitter usage reached 5,530 TPS. And during the Royal Wedding in England in April, Twitter reached a peak of 3,966 TPS.
[Via: USA Today]