July Athlete of the Month Ballot
Egan Bernal, cycling, Colombia
Egan Bernal, 22, became the first Colombian or South American rider to win the Tour de France in July 2019. He is the youngest rider to win the General Classification title since 1909 and the third youngest winner ever at 22 years, 196 days old.
Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic won his fifth career Wimbledon title on 14 July 2019 in an epic 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) battle against longtime rival Roger Federer of Switzerland. It was the first time a tiebreaker round was used to determine the Wimbledon winner. Djokovic has now won 16 Grand Slam titles.
Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United States
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps’ 10-year-old world record in the 100-meter butterfly, posting a time of 49.50 at the 2019 FINA Aquatics World Championships in South Korea in July 2019. Dressel earned a record eight podium finishes, including six gold medals across individual and relay events.
Shane Lowry, golf, Ireland
Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a 15-under-par 269 to capture The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on 21 July 2019. Lowry won by six strokes over this nearest competitor. It was Lowry’s second win on the PGA Tour.
Christian Pacheco, marathon, Peru
Peru’s Christian Pacheco broke a Pan American Games record with a time of 2:10:41 in the men’s marathon event on 27 July 2019 in Lima. The time was Pacheco’s personal best and smashed the record set by Puerto Rico’s Jorge Gonzalez in 1983.
Stephen Strasburg, baseball, United States
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg earned National League Pitcher of the Month honors after allowing just four runs in five July starts. Strasburg amassed a 1.14 ERA with 44 strikeouts in the month and had a career month at the plate, hitting .357 with a home run and six RBIs for the Nationals.
Simona Halep, tennis, Romania
Romania’s Simona Halep captured her second Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-2 win against American Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final in London in July. She became the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title.
Sifan Hassan, track and field, the Netherlands
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands broke the women’s world mile record with a time of 4:12.33 at the Monaco Diamond League event on 12 July 2019. The former world record stood for 23 years.
Ko Jin-young, golf, South Korea
South Korea’s Ko Jin-young shot a 15-under-par 269 to capture her second major title of the season at the Evian Championship in France in July. She clinched the title by shooting a 4-under 67 score in the rain in the final round.
Dalilah Muhammad, track and field, United States
American athlete Dalilah Muhammad broke a 16-year-old world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on 28 July 2019. Muhammad’s record time of 52.20 was completed on a rain-soaked track in Des Moines, Iowa.
Megan Rapinoe, football (soccer), United States
United States Women’s National Team striker Megan Rapinoe won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Boot after recording six goals and three assists as the Americans won their second consecutive World Cup championship in France in July. Rapinoe was also awarded the Golden Ball trophy, given to the tournament’s top player.
Regan Smith, swimming, United States
American teenager Regan Smith, 17, broke Missy Franklin’s 2012 world record in the women’s 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:03.35 at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Korea in July. Smith also swam the backstroke leg in the 4×100 medley relay and set a world record in the 100-meter backstroke in that event.