May 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

Marc-Andre Fleury, hockey, Canada
Las Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury of Canada posted a 12-3 record and .927 save percentage in the National Hockey League playoffs through the Western Conference Finals series. Fleury gave up just five goals in four wins and recorded four straight 30-save games as the Golden Knights defeated Winnipeg in the series.

LeBron James, basketball, United States
Cleveland’s LeBron James had 35 points and 15 rebounds with nine assists as the Cavaliers defeated Boston 87-79 in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 on 27 May 2018. James scored or assisted in 70 percent of Cleveland’s made field goals, leading the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in a dramatic comeback series. He led all scorers in the series with 33.8 points per game.

Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain
Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to win the Italian Open in Rome on 20 May 2018. Nadal regained the world’s top ranking for men’s tennis with the victory.

Albert Pujols, baseball, Dominican Republic
Los Angeles Angels hitter Albert Pujols became just the fourth player in baseball history to record 3,000 hits and 600 home runs when he singled against Seattle on 4 May 2018. He added hit No. 3,001 later in the game with a two-RBI single. He joined MLB legends Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to reach 600 homers and 3,000 hits in a career.

Galen Rupp, track and field, United States
Galen Rupp recorded the second fastest marathon ever for an American, winning the Prague Marathon with a time of 2:06:07, on 6 May 2018. He shaved three minutes off his previous personal best time in the marathon in the win.

Webb Simpson, golf, United States
American golfer Webb Simpson shot an 18-under-par 270 to win the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on 13 May 2018. Simpson won by four shots to capture his first title since 2013.

Female

Rachel Daly, soccer, Great Britain
Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly was named the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) May Player of the Month after scoring four goals in six games in the month. Daly, of Great Britain, also won NWSL Week 9 Player of the Week honors in the month.

Kate French, pentathlon, Great Britain
Great Britain’s Kate French won the women’s gold medal at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup in Bulgaria on 25 May 2018. French won with a total score of 1,379 to capture her first World Cup victory this year.

Katie Ledecky, swimming, United States
American swimmer Katie Ledecky broke her own world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle by five seconds with a time of 15:20.48 at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis, Ind., on 16 May 2018. Ledecky finished the race nearly 50 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Later in the week, Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle by more than 10 seconds, posting a time of 3:57.94 – the second fastest time ever recorded in the event.

Sydney McLaughlin, track and field, United States
University of Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin set a collegiate record and nearly broke a world record as she won the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the SEC Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Her time of 52.75 was the fastest ever run by a female collegiate athlete, a world U20 record and just 0.41 seconds shy of the women’s world record.

Elina Svitolina, tennis, Ukraine
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina defeated world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania 6-0, 6-4 to win the Italian Open in Rome on 20 May 2018. It was Svitolina’s second consecutive Italian Open championship.

Alyssa Thomas, basketball, United States
Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas won WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors after leading the conference in rebounding (10.0 per game) and minutes (31.9 per game) and ranking third in field goal percentage with 62.5 percent in the first week of the season. She opened the season with a career-high 17 rebounds, 13 points and six assists in a 101-65 win against Las Vegas on 20 May 2018.

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