November Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

1. D’Onta Foreman, football, United States
University of Texas running back D’Onta Foreman rushed for 341 yards – the third most in a single game in school history – and three touchdowns, averaging over 10 yards a carry in a win against Texas Tech on 5 November 2016. Foreman rushed for more than 100 yards in 13 consecutive games this season, breaking Earl Campbell’s previous school record of 11. He finished with 2,028 rushing yards, the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.

2. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, marathon, Eritrea
Eritrean long distance runner Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, 20, became the youngest person ever to win the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:07:51 on 5 November 2016. He is also the first athlete representing the east African nation to win a major marathon.

3. Sjinkie Knegt, speed skating, Netherlands
Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands set a world record of 2:07.943 in the 1,500 meter race at the International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup in Salt Lake City on 13 November 2016.

4. Andy Murray, tennis, Great Britain
Great Britain’s Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to win the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals in London on 20 November 2016. Murray beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 to win the season-ending event and retain his status as the world’s top ranked male tennis player.

5. Lionel Sanders, Ironman, Canada
Canada’s Lionel Sanders set an Ironman world record at Ironman Arizona on 20 November 2016. Sanders finished the race – a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run – in a world record time of 7:44:29.

6. Ben Zobrist, baseball, United States
Chicago Cubs utility player Ben Zobrist was named the World Series MVP after hitting .357 with 10 hits, two doubles, and a triple in seven games against the Cleveland Indians. Zobrist hit the go-ahead RBI double in the 10th inning of Game 7 on 2 November 2016 to seal an 8-7 win and clinch the Cubs’ first World Series championship since 1908.

Female

1. Charley Hull, golf, Great Britain
Britain’s Charley Hull, 20, won the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida on 20 November 2016. Hull finished with a tournament record 19 under par to secure her first LPGA Tour win. Hull had 12 birdies and 24 pars in her final 36 holes.

2. Mary Keitany, marathon, Kenya
Kenya’s Mary Keitany won her third consecutive New York City Marathon on 5 November 2016 with a time of 2:24:26. Keitany’s closest competitor finished more than three minutes behind her. In mile 14, Keitany broke the race open with a relentless 5:10 mile, followed by 5:08 splits in miles 17 and 18.

3. Meredith Kessler, Ironman, United States
Meredith Kessler won the Ironman Arizona women’s race – a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run – with a time of 8:48:23. She has won three consecutive Ironman Arizona races.

4. Katie Ledecky, swimming, United States
Stanford University’s Katie Ledecky won a 1,650-yard freestyle NCAA race with a time of 15:03:92, breaking the U.S. collegiate record by 20 seconds and her own American record by 10 seconds, on 20 November 2016 at a meet at Ohio State University.

5. Annika Schleu, modern pentathlon, Germany
Germany’s Annika Schleu won her second consecutive International Modern Pentathlon Union Champion of Champions women’s title on 12 November 2016 in Doha, Qatar. The modern pentathlon combines the skills of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horseback riding and running.

6. Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United States
American downhill skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her thirteenth consecutive slalom race, including 10 straight on the World Cup circuit, on 27 November 2016 in Killington, Vt. The win was the 21st World Cup slalom win for the 21-year-old Shiffrin.

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