Athlete of the Month Ballot

September 2020


Bryson DeChambeau, golf, United States
American golfer Bryson DeChambeau shot a 6-under 274 and won his first major at the U.S. Open in New York on 19 September 2020. DeChambeau, 27, became just the third player ever to win the U.S. Amateur Championship, an NCAA national championship and the U.S. Open, joining legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Mondo Duplantis, athletics, Sweden
Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis set a world record in the outdoor pole vault with a height of 6.15 meters (20.17 feet) at the Diamond League event in Rome on 17 September 2020. Duplantis already set a world indoor record in 2020 with 6.18 meters (20.27 feet) – the highest mark recorded either indoors or outdoors – on the World Indoor Tour.

Mo Farah, running, Great Britain
Great Britain’s Mo Farah set the men’s world one-hour record at the Diamond League event in Brussels on 4 September 2020 with a distance of 21,330 meters (69,980 feet). He broke the 2007 mark of 21,285 meters set by Haile Gebrselassie.

Freddie Freeman, baseball, United States
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was named the National League Player of the Month for September after hitting .375 with 24 runs, 36 hits, 12 doubles, eight homeruns, 32 RBI and 20 walks in 26 games played in the month. Freeman became just the second player in Braves franchise history to hit at least .375 with 20-or-more extra base hits in a month, joining Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in July 1956.

Tadej Pogacar, cycling, Slovenia
Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar was crowned the 2020 Tour de France champion in September 2020. Pogacar, who turned 22 the day after the final stage, became the youngest winner of the race since 1904 and the first Slovenian champion. He also won the King of the Mountains and Best Young Rider classifications.

Russell Wilson, football, United States
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earned NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for September after leading his team to a 3-0 record in the month. He recorded an NFL-leading 14 touchdowns and 139.0 quarterback rating after completing 76.7 percent of his passes and throwing just one interception in the month.

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Simona Halep, tennis, Romania
Romania’s Simona Halep was crowned women’s Italian Open champion after defeating the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 2-1 on 21 September 2020. Halep defeated Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in three sets in the semifinal to reach the championship round.

Sifan Hassan, running, the Netherlands
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands set the women’s world one-hour record in Brussels on 4 September 2020 with a distance of 18,930 meters (62,106.29 feet). Hassan’s distance broke the previous world record set by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune in 2008.

Peres Jepchirchir, athletics, Kenya
Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir broke the women’s-only half marathon world record with a time of 1:05:34 at the Prague 21.1 race on 5 September 2020. Jepchirchir broke the previous record of 1:06:1 set by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta in 2018.

Malaika Mihambo, athletics, Germany
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo leaped to a world season-best 7.03 meters (23.06 feet) to win the long jump at the World Athletics Continental meet in Germany on 8 September 2020. Her distance added 10 centimeters to the previous world lead.

Cat Osterman, softball, United States
American pitcher Cat Osterman won the inaugural Athletes Unlimited league title with the most individual points of any player after five weeks of competition with 2,408. Osterman pitched six complete games and finished with an overall win-loss record of 13-1 in the new softball event.

Anna van der Breggen, cycling, the Netherlands
Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen won her sixth consecutive La Fieche Wallonne’s women’s race in Belgium on 30 September 2020. Earlier in September, she became the second rider ever to win a road race and time trial title at the same International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championship event in Italy. She matched the achievement of France’s Jeannie Longo in 1995.