Athlete of the Month Ballot

June 2020

Male

Crispin Duenas, archery, Canada
Canada’s Crispin Duenas won the recurve Lockdown Knockout tournament with a 7-1 win against Mexico’s Aida Roman in the finals of the World Archery Federation’s remote tournament featuring eight top archers competing around the world on 22 June 2020.

Denny Hamlin, auto racing, United States
Denny Hamlin won the Pocono 350 by 3.068 seconds on 28 June 2020 and achieved a pair of milestones with the win. It was Hamlin’s sixth win at Pocono Raceway, tying the all-time lead with Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon. It was also Hamlin’s 41st career win, 19th most in NASCAR history.

Jakob Ingebrigsten, athletics, Norway
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigsten set a European 2,000-meter record with a time of 4:50.01 at the Impossible Games in Oslo on 11 June 2020. The Impossible Games, a Diamond League event, featured track and field athletes competing virtually and in largely empty stadiums following social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dustin Johnson, golf, United States
American golfer Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on 28 June 2020 in Connecticut to extend his career-long season victory streak to 13. Johnson shot a 19-under 261 to capture his 21st PGA Tour title.

Park Kun-woo, baseball, South Korea
Doosan Bears’ outfielder Park Kun-woo earned Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) June Player of the Month honors after leading the league with a .444 batting average and a .484 on-base percentage and finishing tied for first in runs scored with 22. He also finished second in the league with 36 hits in 21 games in June.

Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway
Norway’s Karsten Warholm ran the fastest 300-meter hurdles time in history, finishing in just 33.78 seconds, in the men’s event at the Impossible Games in Oslo on 11 June 2020. Warholm broke the mark of 34.48 set in 2002 by Britain’s Chris Rawlinson. The Impossible Games, a Diamond League event, featured track and field athletes competing virtually and in largely empty stadiums following social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ashley Hatch, football (soccer), United States
Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch of the United States scored the game-winning goal in the team’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup opener on 27 June 2020 in Herriman, Utah. Hatch scored early in the second half and led the Spirit with three shots on goal in the win.

Therese Johaug, athletics, Norway
Norway’s Therese Johaug – a winter Olympic medalist in cross country skiing – qualified for the World Athletics Championships after running 10,000 meters in a time of 31:49.6 in the Impossible Games, a Diamond League event featuring athletes competing virtually and in largely empty stadiums following social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annimari Korte, athletics, Finland
Finnish athlete Annimari Korte won the women’s 100-meter sprint hurdles with a world-leading time of 12.84 at the Uusi Alku meet in Lahti, Finland, on 7 June 2020. It was the second fastest time of her career, having run the event with a Finnish record 12.72 in 2019.

Emily Pedersen, golf, Denmark
Danish golfer Emily Pedersen won a men’s professional event in the Bravo Tours Open after shooting an 11-under 133 to capture the title at Romo Golf Club in Denmark. Pedersen was one of nine women competing in the 82- player field.

Krista Tervo, athletics, Finland
Finland’s Krista Tervo broke the Finnish hammer throw record with a distance of 71.93 meters on 6 June 2020 in Somero. Tervo broke her own national record with the throw in the fifth round.

Megan Wiggins, softball, United States
American softball player Megan Wiggins had three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh as USSSA Pride defeated This Is Us 4-3 on 29 June 2020 in Viera, Fla.