Are these athletes crazy or just cool?
Athletes add a dash of colour to the World Championships with their hairdos and accessories.
Coloured hair extensions, cowboy hats, hair colour inspired by anime cartoons or even earrings dangling from male athletes’ ears. The participants at the World Championships in Doha indeed are choosing different ways to express their personalities.
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is perhaps the most prominent of them all, with her colourful hair an extension of her bubbly personality. The four-time world champion in the 100M entered the field for the first round in a dazzling yellow wig tied up in a knot.
The same wig reappeared at the medals ceremony on Monday – this time it was let down to the shoulders. In between, for the final on Sunday, she unveiled a wig in rainbow colours while blazing away to a spectacular victory.
Having skipped the 200M, Fraser-Pryce missed a chance to showcase more from her collection but she assured her fans there was nothing to worry.
“I have some more. They will come out for the relay,” said Fraser-Pryce.
The Jamaican’s compatriot Elaine Thompson also revels in hair extensions of different colours while Bahamas’ Olympic 400M champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo is another who makes style statements with her hair-dos.
Shot put champion Ryan Crouser of the United States dons a cowboy hat to press conferences.
“I tried it out once because it looked cool and the next time I didn’t wear it, many questions were asked. There were more questions when I was not wearing it than when it was on my head. So, I decided to stick with it,” said Crouser.
Another American, Noah Lyles, coloured his hair silver grey in the first round of the 200M which he won comfortably. “It is the ultra-instinct look for all my Goku fans out there,” he said. Goku is a popular anime cartoon character who sports silver grey hair.
Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría, who won the bronze, caught the eye with his dangling earrings and nose-ring, while on the track, Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen’s curled moustache stole the spotlight in the 5000M final on Monday.
The style statement did not help in any way as he failed to finish the race.