May Athlete of the Month Ballot
Saurabh Chaudhary, shooting, India
India’s Saurabh Chaudhary broke his own world record with a score of 246.3 points in the men’s 10-meter air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Munich on 27 May 2019. He set the previous world record score of 245 at an event earlier in 2019.
Brooks Koepka, golf, United States
American golfer Brooks Koepka shot an 8-under-par 272 to capture his second consecutive PGA Championship title at the Bethpage State Park Black Course in New York on 19 May 2019. Koepka has won four majors in the last 23 months and is the world’s top-ranked player.
Kawhi Leonard, basketball, United States
Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard averaged 30 points in 12 NBA Playoff games for the Raptors in May 2019 and led the team to its first NBA Finals appearance in team history. Leonard averaged 29.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in Toronto’s six-game Eastern Conference Finals series against Milwaukee.
Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain
Spain’s Rafael Nadal knocked off long-time rival Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win his ninth Italian Open title in Rome on 19 May 2019. It was Nadal’s record 34th ATP Masters 100 title.
Tuukka Rask, hockey, Finland
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask of Finland recorded a .956 save percentage in an Eastern Conference Finals series win against the Carolina Hurricanes in May 2019. Rask was 4-0 in the series with just five total goals allowed and a 1.25 goals against average as the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
Damian Warner, athletics, Canada
Canada’s Damian Warner won the decathlon event and broke his own world decathlon record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.12 seconds at the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in Austria on 26 May 2019. Warner finished the decathlon with 8,711 points, 240 more points than his nearest competitor.
Kiki Bertens, tennis, Netherlands
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands defeated Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 6-4 to capture the Madrid Open title in Spain on 11 May 2019. Bertens would rise to No. 4 in the world, the highest ranking ever for a Dutch woman.
Janja Garnbret, sport climbing, Slovenia
Slovenian sport climber Janja Garnbret continued her perfect start to the season with her fifth consecutive victory at the International Federation of Sport Climbing Bouldering World Cup in Munich on 19 May 2019.
Jade Jones, taekwondo, Wales
Welsh taekwondo athlete Jade Jones won the women’s 57-kilogram world title at the World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester on 18 May 2019. Jones is a two-time Olympic champion and has collected six Grand Prix gold medals.
Lilly King, swimming, United States
American swimmer Lilly King won gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and 50-meter breaststroke events in the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Champions Series in Indianapolis on 31 May 2019. King finished the 200-meter event in 2:21.39 and the 50-meter even in 29.63 seconds, the fastest time of the year. She also won the 100-meter breaststroke race in the event.
Kim Rhode, shooting, United States
American shooter Kim Rhode became the first woman to win four consecutive World Cup gold medals in shooting with a skeet victory in South Korea on 9 May 2019. Rhode’s consecutive win streak dates back to the 2018 season finale.
Katie Zaferes, triathlon, United States
American athlete Katie Zaferes won her third consecutive World Triathlon Series gold medal in Yokohama, Japan, on 20 May 2019. Zaferes is undefeated for the triathlon season and claimed the world’s top ranking after the event.