October 2017 Athlete of the Month Ballot


1. J.T. Barrett, football, United States
Ohio State University quarterback J.T. Barrett completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 39-38 come-from-behind win against second-ranked Penn State on 28 October 2017. Barrett completed 13 of 13 passes for 170 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter to lead the Buckeyes back from a 35-20 deficit. Barrett passed for 914 yards, 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions and rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in October.

2. Roger Federer, tennis, Switzerland
Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-4, 6-3 to capture the Shanghai Masters title on 15 October 2017 in China. Federer also won the Swiss Indoors Basel title on 29 October, defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 to clinch his seventh ATP World Tour title of the season. This was Federer’s 95th career title, which moved him into second place, ahead of the Czech Republic’s Ivan Lendl, on the Open era list.

3. Lionel Messi, soccer, Argentina
Lionel Messi’s hat trick led Argentina to a 3-1 win over Ecuador on 10 October 2017 and qualified the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. After Argentina fell behind by one point early in the match, Messi scored twice in the first half and iced the win with a goal in the second half.

4. Justin Rose, golf, England
English golfer Justin Rose rallied from an 8-shot deficit in the final round and shot a 14-under-par 274 to win the HSBC Champions title in Shanghai on 29 October 2017. He has now won at least one tournament every year since 2010.

5. Xiao Ruoteng, gymnastics, China
China’s Xiao Ruoteng was crowned the all-around world champion at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal on 6 October 2017. Ruoteng scored a total of 86.933 in the floor exercise, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar to win the title. He also took bronze in the pommel horse with a score of 14.066.

6. Justin Turner, baseball, United States
Los Angeles Dodger Justin Turner was named co-MVP of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) after hitting .353 with two home runs, six RBIs and five walks as the Dodgers defeated the Cubs 4 games to 1 in October. Turner hit a walk-off home run to win Game 2. The Dodgers reached the World Series for the first time since 1988.


1. Cate Campbell, swimming, Australia
Australia’s Cate Campbell set a world short-course record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 50.25 seconds at the Australian Short Course Swimming Championship on 26 October 2017 in Adelaide. She took .033 seconds off the previous world record, which Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom set earlier in 2017.

2. Caroline Garcia, tennis, France
French tennis player Caroline Garcia upset world No. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 to win the China Open in Beijing on 8 October 2017. It was her second consecutive tournament win, having recently won the Wuhan Open in China in September.

3. Morgan Hurd, gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Morgan Hurd was crowned the new women’s all-around world champion at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal on 7 October 2017. Hurd scored a total of 55.232 points on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor routine to capture the title. The following day, Hurd took silver on the balance beam to close out the World Championships.

4. Joyciline Jepkosgei, running, Kenya
Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world half marathon record with a time of 1:04:51 on 22 October 2017 in the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon – an IAAF Gold Label road race in Valencia, Spain.

5. Cristie Kerr, golf, United States
American golfer Cristie Kerr shot a 15-under-par 269 to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title on 29 October 2017. Kerr hit a 30-foot birdie on the final hole, one of 20 birdies she made in the final three rounds at the tournament in Kuala Lumpur. It was her second win of 2017.

6. Sam Kerr, soccer, Australia
Australian soccer player Sam Kerr scored a goal and an assist in Perth’s 4-1 win against Melbourne City in the W-League opener on 29 October 2017. The previous week, Kerr was named the MVP of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) after finishing the season with 17 goals and four assists for Sky Blue Football Club (New Jersey). She was also named Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year.

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