1. Mutaz Essa Barshim, track and field, Qatar
Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim won gold in the men’s high jump by clearing 2.35 meters at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in August. He followed that performance by clearing 2.4 meters at the IAAF Diamond League meet later in the month, setting a meet record and a world leading mark for this year.
2. Mo Farah, track and field, Great Britain
Great Britain’s Mo Farah won gold in the men’s 10,000 meters at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London in August. Farah won with a time of 26:49.51 and also earned a silver medal in the men’s 5,000 meters with a time of 13:33.22. Later in the month, Farah won gold with a time of 13:06.05 in the 5,000 meters at the IAAF Diamond League finals in Zurich.
3. Paul Pogba, soccer, France
France’s Paul Pogba was named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for August after scoring two goals and one assist and capturing two Man of the Match awards in four matches in August. Pogba also earned the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League Player of the Season Award on 25 August 2017 after starting 15 games and scoring three goals for United in the season.
4. Giancarlo Stanton, baseball, United States
American baseball player Giancarlo Stanton was named the National League Player of the Month for August after hitting 18 home runs, a league record for August. He also had 37 RBIs, 28 runs and an .899 slugging percentage in the month. He hit .349 with a .433 on base percentage, and 24 of his 38 hits went for extra bases. He broke a Miami Marlins record for most home runs in a season after hitting his 43rd of the season on 14 August 2017.
5. Justin Thomas, golf, United States
American golfer Justin Thomas finished with an 8-under-par 276 to win the PGA Championship on 13 August 2017 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. It was his fourth victory of the year and first in a major tournament. He shot a 3-under-par 68 in the final round to capture a two-shot victory.
6. Alexander Zverev, tennis, Germany
Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated current world number 3 men’s singles tennis player Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final on 14 August 2017 in Montreal. It was Zverev’s second consecutive tournament win in August, having earlier in the month defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to win the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Zverev is now ranked sixth in the world in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings for men’s singles.
1. Kelly Barnhill, softball, United States
Kelly Barnhill pitched a complete game no-hitter as the United States women’s national softball team defeated Mexico 9-0 and won the Pan American Championship in the Dominican Republic on 13 August 2017. Barnhill finished the tournament with a 3-0 record, 40 strikeouts and a 0.35 ERA in 20 innings of work.
2. Emma Coburn, steeplechase, United States
American Emma Coburn broke an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships record with a time of 9:02.58 to win gold in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on 11 August 2017. Coburn is the first American since 1952 to win gold in the steeplechase at the World Championships. Her time shaved five seconds off her own American record.
3. In-Kyung Kim, golf, South Korea
South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim shot an 18-under-par 270 to win the Women’s British Open title at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland on 6 August 2017. It was her first major title and third overall win of the year.
4. Garbine Muguruza, tennis, Spain
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza defeated Romania’s Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 to win the Western & Southern Open title in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 20 August 2017. It was Muguruza’s second win of the season after she claimed victory at Wimbledon earlier in the year. She defeated a host of top players on the way to the finals including American Madison Keys, the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.
5. Caster Semenya, track and field, South Africa
South Africa’s Caster Semenya won the women’s 800 meters as she cruised to gold at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London. The Olympic champion won with a time of 1:55.16, a personal best and a world leading time for 2017. Semenya also earned a bronze medal in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:02.76. Later in August, Semenya broke the world record for the rarely run 600 meters with a time of 1:21.77.
6. Sarah Sjostrom, swimming, Sweden
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke three world records in swimming in August. Sjostrom broke two world records and won three gold medals at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup in Moscow on 2-3 August 2017. She broke her own record in the women’s 50 meter freestyle race with a time of 23.10 seconds, then set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 50.77 seconds. She also won gold in the women’s 100 meter butterfly with a time of 55.70. Later in the month, Sjostrom broke her own women’s 200 meter world record at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with a time of 1:50.43.
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