July 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to win his fourth Wimbledon championship on 15 July 2018 in London. Djokovic captured his 13th Grand Slam title and first major since 2016.

Kylian Mbappe, soccer, France
France’s Kylian Mbappe, 19, earned the FIFA Young Player Award at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after scoring four goals in the tournament in July. Mbappe joined the legendary Pelé as only the second teenager to score a goal in a World Cup final, a 4-2 win for France against Croatia.

Luka Modric, soccer, Croatia
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the Golden Ball Award as the most outstanding player of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Modric scored two goals and an assist and was considered dominant in the midfield, setting the tempo and dictating the pace of play as Croatia made an improbable run to the World Cup final.

Francesco Molinari, golf, Italy
Francesco Molinari became the first Italian ever to win a major championship after taking the title at The Open on 22 July 2018 in Scotland. Molinari shot a bogey-free final round and finished with an 8-under-par 276.

Mark Reynolds, baseball, United States
The Washington Nationals’ Mark Reynolds became just the 15th Major Leaguer in history to record at least 10 RBIs in one game after a 5-for-5, two home run performance against Miami on 7 July 2018. Reynolds earned National League Player of the Week honors.

Geraint Thomas, cycling, Wales
Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France after finishing the tour in 83 hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds in July. He is the sixth rider from Great Britain to win the tour in the past seven years.

Female

Kathleen Baker, swimming, United States
Kathleen Baker set a world record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 58 seconds flat at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, Calif., on 28 July 2018. Baker became the first American swimmer to hold this record since Natalie Coughlin swam 58.97 in 2008.

Simone Biles, gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Simone Biles won the all-around title at the U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on 28 July 2018. It was Biles’s first competition since her dominating performance in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Biles finished with an all-around score of 58.70 in the event, holding off runners-up Riley McCusker and Morgan Hurd.

Beatrice Chepkoech, steeplechase, Kenya
Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech set the women’s world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:44.32 at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meet in London on 20 July 2018. Her time slashed more than eight seconds off the previous record set by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet in 2016.

Sifan Hassan, running, the Netherlands
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the women’s mile in 4:14.71, the third fastest time ever run by a woman, at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meet in London on 22 July 2018. Her time set records in both Diamond League action and at the London meet.

Angelique Kerber, tennis, Germany
Germany’s Angelique Kerber defeated American Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win the women’s Wimbledon title on 14 July 2018 in London. It was the first Wimbledon title for Kerber, who is the first German woman to win the tournament since Steffi Graf in 1996.

Sei Young Kim, golf, South Korea
South Korea’s Sei Young Kim smashed the LPGA scoring record in relation to par, finishing with a 31-under-par 257 at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin on 8 July 2018. The previous record was 27 under par, set by Annika Sorenstam in 2001 and tied by Kim in 2016.

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