June 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

Kevin Durant, basketball, United States
Golden State small forward Kevin Durant won his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP honor after averaging a double-double – 28.8 points and 10.8 rebounds – in the Warriors’ four-game sweep against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is the eleventh player in NBA history to win Finals MVP honors twice in a career.

Harry Kane, soccer, England
England’s Harry Kane recorded a hat-trick – three goals – in a 6-1 win for England against Panama in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on 24 June 2018. Kane led all World Cup scorers in the Group Phase with five goals and is a frontrunner for the Golden Boot award, which is given to the tournament’s highest scorer.

Brooks Koepka, golf, United States
American golfer Brooks Koepka became the first player to repeat as U.S. Open champion since 1989 with a win in the tournament at Shinnecock Hills in Long Island, N.Y., on 17 June 2018. Koepka shot a 1-over-par 281 to win the title.

Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain
Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to capture the French Open title on 10 June 2018. Nadal has now won 17 Grand Slam titles in his career, three behind Switzerland’s Roger Federer.

Alex Ovechkin, hockey, Russia
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player of the playoffs after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in five games against the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas on 7 June 2018. Ovechkin led all NHL scorers with 15 goals in the playoffs, including a power-play goal in the second period of the series-clinching fifth game. He is just the second Russian player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Adley Rutschman, baseball, United States
Oregon State University catcher Adley Rutschman was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series (CWS) after setting a single-CWS record with 17 hits and batting .567 in seven tournament games. His 13 RBIs were tied for the second-highest total in CWS history. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in a three-game championship series.

Female

Simona Halep, tennis, Romania
Romania’s Simona Halep defeated American Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the French Open on 9 June 2018. It was the first Grand Slam title for Halep, who is the world’s top-ranked female player.

Shelby Houlihan, track and field, United States
American athlete Shelby Houlihan became just the second woman in history to win both the 5,000-meter and 1,500-meter races in the USA Track and Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on 24 June 2018. She was also the only athlete to win two events at nationals and is the only woman to win both races in the same year since Regina Jacobs in 2000.

Ariya Jutanugarn, golf, Thailand
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot an 11-under-par 277 to win the U.S. Women’s Open in Birmingham, Ala., on 3 June 2018. Jutanugarn defeated South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim on the second sudden death playoff hole to win the title.

Lilly King, swimming, United States
American swimmer Lilly King won three gold medals at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet in California on 10 June 2018 and set a series record of 29.62 seconds in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke. King also won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with the fastest time in the world this year at 1:05.61 and took first place in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Meghan King, softball, United States
Pitcher Meghan King was dominant for Florida State as the Seminoles won the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in June 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. King set a WCWS record for lowest ERA among pitchers with at least 10 innings at .20, earned four wins and a save and gave up just one earned run in 34 1/3 innings of work.

Caster Semenya, track and field, South Africa
World and Olympic 800-meter champion Caster Semenya recorded her fastest ever time of 1:54.25, putting her fourth on the all-time world list in the event. Her time is currently a world leading time for 2018.

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