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News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter.
Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (19 August – 21 August).
Caster Semenya won gold in the women’s 800m race in Rio Saturday. Semenya, who has been called out by fellow competitors for boasting an unfair advantage, romped to victory with Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui rounding up an all-African podium. Semenya’s time of 1.55.29 is her personal best, and a new South African record.
THANK YOU SOUTH AFRICA FOR THIS GREAT SUPPORT.. AFRICA AND THE ENTIRE WORLD THANK YOU AGAIN.. MUCH LOVE.. 💞🏃💪⚡✨🐍🆒✅🌠 MAYBE GOD BLESS YOU ALL
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) August 21, 2016
A video of the latter stages of the race was also posted by EWN early Sunday morning.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 21, 2016
Google Search Trends
According Google Search Trends, “Wayde van Niekerk” is still among the most searched male track athlete, while Caster Semenya was the most searched athlete from her 800m event.
Staying with the Olympic Games, the IOC has announced that fans can now buy official match balls and ceremonial flags from the competitions.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 2016
Caster Semenya’s time of 1.55.29 is her personal best, and a new South African record
An alleged ISIS suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a Turkish wedding in Gaziantep, killing at least 51 and injuring at least 90. The bomber was reportedly between 12 and 14-years-old.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 21, 2016
MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow won the Czech GP at a sodden Brno circuit Sunday. It’s the British rider’s maiden win in the premier motorcycle class, and Britain’s first win since Barry Sheene’s last triumph 35 years ago.
— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) August 21, 2016
US swimmer Ryan Lochte took to national television and Twitter Friday to apologize for over-exaggerating claims that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio.
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) August 19, 2016
Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts has died at 38. According to sources, Roberts succumbed to an overdose of prescription medication. He was a core member of the alternative rock outfit until 2012, when he left the band.
— salemzorro (@salemzorro) August 21, 2016
West Ham United played its first match at the newly-named London Stadium on Sunday. Formerly known as the Olympic Stadium, hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, the stadium will now be the Hammer’s new home for the next 99-years.
— James Cole (@skyjamescole) August 21, 2016
While a cold front lashed Cape Town this Sunday, Durban also saw its fair share of rain. But the big news is perhaps snowfalls over the Sani Pass this weekend, along with dustings reported in the Northern Cape.
Quite an eventful satellite image this morning, cut-off low has moved offshore, strong cold front advancing E pic.twitter.com/JnZ595XDho
— Weather Watch SA (@storm_sa) August 21, 2016
Good morning from Sani Top, had another good snow fall last night. pic.twitter.com/tt8GgV1Epi
— Sani Mountain Lodge (@Briansanipass) August 1, 2016
Feature image: Citizen59 via Flickr