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Who says you can’t look good at the Olympics?

We saw more exciting make-up, jewellery and hairstyles gracing the track during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and it’s clear that nothing held back these talented athletes from breaking Olympic and World records, so why not have a bit of fun doing it?

Men and women competing in the various track and field events have been more forthcoming about expressing their personalities via their accessories. These are four trends spotted on athletes who certainly put their best faces, as well as feet, forward during the events last week.

Bold lips and liner

Canada’s Sage Watson competed wearing thick black liner and a bold red lip during the Women’s 400m hurdles heats on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The classic shade was a lovely homage to the red of her home country’s flag, and it also matched her earrings, nails, and the stripes on her kit. Even though she didn’t make it into the Semi-Final, she still looked equal parts polished and powerful.

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Gabriele Cunningham of United States sported more of a cat eye liner, paired with a gold and plum eyeshadow. Her deep red lipstick didn’t budge as she competed in the Women’s 100m hurdles semi-final on day nine of the games. Although she finished seventh, she has a penchant for looking put together at races, so we’re excited to see what she does next.

Big hoops

The bigger the hoop, the bigger the win, according to gold medallist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. The Puerto Rican absolutely dominated the Women’s 100m hurdles event, and even shaved milliseconds off her sprint to set a new Olympic record. She wore medium-sized silver hoops during the event, which she frequently sports during her races, and later changed into larger hoops to receive her medal on the podium.

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Lieke Klaver of the Netherlands wore large silver hoops during the Women’s 400m heats on day 11 of the Olympic Games. She also adorned her various ear piercings, including her cool-girl conch piercing, with smaller silver hoops. Fans have dubbed her The Flying Dutchgirl.

Matching bling

We can’t forget about the boys, who have been seen in matching bling. Italian champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs was no stranger to wearing a set and looking comfortable sporting a diamond chain and bracelet as he charged his way to first place in the Men’s 100m final. We must say, the gold details certainly complemented his gold medal for this blue-ribbon event.

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Ramil Guliyev of Turkey also followed suit with a jewellery set and paired a rose-gold Cartier Love bracelet with its matching ring during the Men’s 200m heats. He placed sixth in the semi-final and looked pleased with his performance as he gave a thumbs up and a smile.

Bright nails 

The simplest way for athletes to make a statement is with nail polish. Whilst many had motifs of their countries flags on their nails, Ana Peleteiro combined the Spanish colour with trending nail art. The wavy lines in red, yellow and white stood out as she clutched her face in excitement receiving a bronze medal in the triple jump final. 

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Tobi Amusan of Nigeria hopped on the trend train too and wore a neon yellow French manicure during the Women’s 100m hurdles final. The French tip has been given a makeover this year, and many iterations of the classic look have been done with colourful polishes and varying thicknesses. Although Amusan just missed out on a medal, her nails were first place in fab.