June Athlete of the Month Ballot
Grant Holloway, track and field, United States
University of Florida athlete Grant Holloway broke two collegiate records at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Texas in June. Holloway became the first college athlete to finish the 110-meter hurdles in under 13 seconds at 12.98, breaking a 40-year collegiate record. He also ran for the Florida 4×100 meter relay team that finished in 37.97, breaking another collegiate record. Holloway was also the anchor on Florida’s second place 4×400 meter relay team.
Kawhi Leonard, basketball, United States
Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard was named the 2019 NBA Finals MVP after averaging 28.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals in the Raptors’ 4-2 series win against Golden State in June. Leonard led the Raptors in points, rebounds, steals, and player efficiency rating during the finals series.
Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain
Spain’s Rafael Nadal captured his record 12th French Open title with a 6-5, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the finals at Roland-Garros in Paris on 9 June 2019. It was Nadal’s 18th career Grand Slam title and 93rd win in 95 matches at Roland-Garros.
Ryan O’Reilly, hockey, Canada
St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O’Reilly, of Canada, earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs in June. O’Reilly scored his team’s opening goal in each of the final four games of the Stanley Cup, becoming the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive finals games.
Max Scherzer, baseball, United States
Washington’s Max Scherzer completed one of the best pitching months in Major League Baseball history after finishing June with a 6-0 record, 1.00 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He is only the fourth pitcher in the live ball era (post-1920) with an ERA of 1.00 or lower and at least 68 strikeouts in a month, joining Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson on the list.
Gary Woodland, golf, United States
American golfer Gary Woodland shot a 13-under 271 to win the U.S. Open on 16 June 2019 in Pebble Beach, Calif. Woodland held off runner-up Brooks Koepka to capture his first major championship and sixth professional victory.
Ashleigh Barty, tennis, Australia
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won her first Grand Slam title with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Czech player Marketa Vondrousova at the French Open on 8 June 2019. Barty was ensured to rise in the women’s tennis rankings to No. 2 in the world with the win.
Hannah Green, golf, Australia
Australia’s Hannah Green won her first major championship with a victory at the Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota on 23 June 2019. Green shot a 9-under-par 279 and led the field throughout.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo, track and field, Bahamas
Bahamian athlete Shaunae Miller-Uibo broke a world record in the 300 meters with a time of 34.41 at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic on 20 June 2019. Miller-Uibo topped the previous world record of 35.30 set in 2003 by Mexico’s Ana Guevara.
Megan Rapinoe, football (soccer), United States
Megan Rapinoe scored four goals in two wins for the United States in the FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout rounds in France in June. Rapinoe scored every goal for the U.S. in 2-1 wins over Spain and France. She is the first player with two goals in consecutive knockout rounds in World Cup matches and the first U.S. woman to score four consecutive goals in a World Cup.
Sha’Carri Richardson, track and field, United States
Lousiana State University (LSU) freshman sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson broke a 30-year collegiate record in the 100-meter dash, running a 10.75, at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Texas in June. Richardson also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.17 and ran the anchor leg on LSU’s 4×100 meter relay team that placed second.
Katie Zaferes, triathlon, United States
American athlete Katie Zaferes won her fourth race in five International Triathlon Union (ITU) events this season on 29 June 2019 in Montreal. Zaferes – the top-ranked woman in 2019 – won the Montreal race of a 750-meter swim, 20 kilometer bike race, and 5 kilometer run in 58:15.
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