These patriots nailed it!

Aug 10, 2012, 08:36 IST | IANS

While sportspersons are known for wearing their heart on their sleeves, female athletes at the London Games are wearing them on the nails � literally

With the world watching their every move — and hoping they will be pictured holding a medal — athletes are adding stylish patriotism to their look with trendy nail art.

While Australian rower Renee Chatterton has the Aussie flag painted on her toenails, Japanese badminton player Reiko Shiota has all her 10 finger nails painted with flags of different nations, including that of her own.

1st row (left to right): Allison Schmitt (USA), Suzana Jacobos (Hungary), Rebecca Adlington (Britain). 2nd row (left to right) Luz Mercedes (Mexico), Alison Williamson (Britain), Venus Williams (USA). 3rd row (left to right): Alison Williamson (Britain), Margaux Farrell (France), Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania). PIC/AFP

Like her red-hot serve, gorgeous tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has her nails embellished with the red while a Danish flag finds a pride of place on her little finger.

Tennis superstar Venus Williams flashed the USA’s colours on her nails after her gold medal win, partnering sister Serena in the doubles match.

Others to wear the national colours on the nails include British freestyle swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Lithuania swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, and British archer Naomi Folkard to name a few.

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