An historic baseball pitching performance, and Jodie Swallow’s first World Cup Triathlon victory, earned Roy Halladay and the British triathlete Male and Female Athlete of the Month honors for October by the United States Sports Academy.
The Philadelphia pitcher Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history when the Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds in game one of the National League Divisional Series. In the regular season, Halladay tied for the Major League lead in wins with 21 (first in the National League) and threw 219 strikeouts (second in the National League).
Swallow ended the World Cup season with a dominating performance to win the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup. Using a solo breakaway early on in the bike race in South Korea, she held her lead right through to the finish to win her first-ever career World Cup title.
Kenyan distance runners finished second in both ballots. Wilson Kipsang shattered the Frankfurt Marathon course record with the eighth-fastest marathon run ever, 2:04:57, the third fastest time in the world this year. On the female side, Nancy Langat breezed to the gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter race at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in a new Games record time of 4:05.26.
The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships provided the third place finishers on both the male and female ballots. Kohei Uchimura of Japan placed third on the male side after he overcame searing shoulder pain to retain his all-around title at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Uchimura scored 92.331 points, 2.283 more than runner-up Philipp Boy of Germany. On the female side, 16-year-old Alya Mustafina from Russia won the all-around gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, along with two silver medals, leading Russia to its first team gold medal. In the team competition, she had the highest individual scores in the balance beam and vault.
The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and submit your vote, and return to the website the first week of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. Winners will be announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of the Academy Update.