August Athlete of the Month Ballot
Aristides Aquino, baseball, Dominican Republic
Cincinnati outfielder Aristides Aquino was named the National League Player of the Month for August after becoming the fastest player to hit 10 home runs in his first full month in the majors. The Dominican hit .320 in August and drove in a league best 33 runs with 14 home runs in the month. His home run total was the best of any NL rookie in any calendar month.
Jordan Burroughs, wrestling, United States
American wrestler Jordan Burroughs won his third consecutive Pan American Games championship in the men’s freestyle 74 kg bracket and finished with a perfect 3-0 record, defeating two world medalists, in Lima, Peru in August.
Noah Lyles, track and field, United States
American sprinter Noah Lyles broke a meet record in the 200-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Paris on 24 August 2019. Lyle finished with a time of 19.65 to hold off challenger Ramil Guliyev of Turkey. Lyles also won the 100-meter race at the Diamond League event in Zurich later in the month.
Rory McIlroy, golf, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy won his second FedEx Cup season title by winning the Tour Championship tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., on 25 August 2019. McIlroy shot an 18-under-par 267 to capture the championship.
Anderson Peters, track and field, Grenada
Grenada’s Anderson Peters broke a Pan American Games record in the javelin with a throw of 87.31 meters in Lima, Peru, on 10 August 2019. Peters, the reigning NCAA javelin champion, broke his personal best mark of 86.62 set in June 2019.
Teemu Pukki, football (soccer), Finland
Finland’s Teemu Pukki was named the PFA Premier League Player of the Month for August 2019 after scoring five goals and one assist in four games in the month for Norwich City in August. He scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Newcastle United.
Dina Averina, rhythmic gymnastics, Russia
Russia’s Dina Averina won a gold medal hat-trick at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Challenge Cup in Minsk on 18 August 2019. Averina won gold medals in clubs, ball, and ribbon and took home the individual all-around title.
Simone Biles, artistic gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Simone Biles won her sixth United States all-around title and earned three gold medals and a bronze medal at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August 2019. She also became the first woman to successfully complete a triple twisting double somersault on the floor exercise and a double twisting double somersault dismount off the balance beam.
Madison Keys, tennis, United States
American Madison Keys defeated two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 to win the women’s Cincinnati Masters title on 17 August 2019. It was the first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title for Keys.
Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States
Figure skater Alysa Liu became the first American woman to land a quad Lutz in competition and the first woman in the world to land a quad and triple Axel in the same program, winning the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix in Lake Placid by 21.52 points in her international debut.
Hinako Shibuno, golf, Japan
Japan’s Hinako Shibuno shot an 18-under-par 270 to capture the Women’s British Open championship on 4 August 2019 in Milton Keynes, England. Shibuno, 20, won the title in the first tournament she’d played outside of her home country.
Katie Zaferes, triathlon, United States
American athlete Katie Zaferes completed a career-best season with a win in the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 31 August 2019. Zaferes won five of eight WTS races this season and finished at the top of every triathlon series ranking: International Triathlon Union world rankings, WTS world rankings, Olympic ranking and continental ranking.