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Paralympic stars see Twitter surge

The astounding success of Britain's Paralympic athletes and of the Games in general can be seen in the huge rises in Twitter followers of London 2012's stars.

The most successful Paralympics of all time has seen previously lesser-known athletes propelled to fame, with thousands taking to the social networking site to show their support and follow their new heroes.

Millions have tuned in to watch some of the biggest events on television, with record viewing figures.

David Weir, one of the closing ceremony British flag-bearers and quadruple gold medallist has seen his number of followers increase more than five-fold.

The wheelchair racer, nicknamed the 'Weirwolf', now has 17,495 followers, compared to 3,418 before the Paralympics.

His co-flag-bearer, cyclist Sarah Storey, has seen her followers more than double. The former swimming champion also picked up four gold medals during London 2012 and is now followed by 11,683 tweeters, compared with 5,268 before the games.

Jonnie Peacock, the 100m champion, has more than five times the number of followers he did before the games, with 25,204, a massive increase on 4,804 before the Paralympics. The 19-year-old also pulled in a record TV audience for his sprint victory with more than six million tuning in.

Teenage swimming sensation Ellie Simmonds won the nation's hearts and an army of Twitter followers with her four medals, including two golds. She now has 25,903 followers, compared with 5,776 before the games.

And 2.9 million viewers tuned to see 17-year-old Simmonds win gold in the 400m freestyle with a new world record.

Paralympic poster boy Oscar Pistorius's star has continued to rise during the games, culminating in a stunning gold medal win in the 400m last night and a lot of new followers. The South African 'Blade Runner' has a huge 199,253 followers, up over 30,000 on his pre-Paralympics total of 168,261.

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