September 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot

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Drew Brees, football, United States
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set an NFL record for most pass completions in a career, breaking Brett Favre’s previous record of 6,300, in a win against the Atlanta Falcons on 23 September 2018. Brees finished the game completing 39 of 49 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for two scores. He finished the game with 6,326 career completions.

Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win the U.S. Open championship in New York on 9 September 2018. Djokovic captured his 14th Grand Slam title and completed the Wimbledon-U.S. Open double for the third time in his career.

Eliud Kipchoge, running, Kenya
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge shaved more than one full minute off the marathon world record with a 2:01:39 finish in the Berlin Marathon on 16 September 2018. He became the first man to finish a marathon in less than two hours and two minutes, breaking the previous mark of 2:02:57 set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

Kevin Mayer, decathlon, France
France’s Kevin Mayer broke the decathlon world record with 9,126 points in the final International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Combined Events Challenge in Talence, France, on 16 September 2018. Mayer broke the previous world record of 9,045 set by American Ashton Eaton in 2015.

Tiger Woods, golf, United States
American golfer Tiger Woods shot an 11-under 269 to win the season-ending PGA Tour Championship tournament in Atlanta, Ga., on 23 September 2018. It was the first professional tournament win for Woods in more than five years and his 80th career PGA win.

Christian Yelich, baseball, United States
Milwaukee Brewers’ right fielder Christian Yelich led all National League hitters with a .352 average, .500 on base percentage and .807 slugging percentage in 26 games in September, earning Player of the Month honors. Yelich hit 10 home runs in the month.

Female

Dina Averina, gymnastics, Russia
Russia’s Dina Averina won give gold medals and the all-around title at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 14 September 2018. It was Averina’s second consecutive title at the event as she comfortably outscored the field across the four rhythmic disciplines of hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon with a combined score of 81.450.

Sifan Hassan, running, the Netherlands
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan broke the European half marathon record with a time of 1:05:15 in the Copenhagen Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label race, on 16 September 2018. Her time shaved more than a minute off the previous European record set by fellow Dutch runner Lorna Kiplagat in 2007.

Naomi Osaka, tennis, Japan
Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeated American Serena Williams in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to win the U.S. Open and capture her first Grand Slam title in New York on 8 September 2018. It was the first Grand Slam title in history for any player from Japan.

Sarah Sjostrom, swimming, Sweden
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won two gold medals and broke an International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup record at the event in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on 30 September 2018. Sjostrom won gold in the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle, finishing the freestyle race in a World Cup record time of 54.91 seconds.

Angela Stanford, golf, United States
American Angela Stanford secured her first major title with a win at the Evian Championship in southeastern France on 16 September 2018. Stanford finished with a 12-under 272 to win her first major after 18 years on the LPGA tour.

Breanna Stewart, basketball, United States
American Breanna Stewart had a dominant September, earning both WNBA Finals MVP and Women’s Basketball World Cup MVP honors. The Seattle Storm forward scored 30 points in a 98-82 win on 13 September 2018 as the team completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals. Stewart then averaged 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists to lead the United States to the Women’s Basketball World Cup championship later in the month.

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