October Athlete of the Month Ballot


Yuzuru Hanyu, figure skating, Japan
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu won the Skate Canada men’s title by 59.82 points, the largest margin in Grand Prix figure skating history, in competition in October 2019. Hanyu won with a personal best total of 322.59, the highest point total in the world this season.

Eliud Kipchoge, athletics, Kenya
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge became the first person in history to finish a marathon in under two hours with a time of 1:59:40.2 in Vienna, Austria, on 12 October 2019.

Noah Lyles, athletics, United States
American athlete Noah Lyles won the 200-meter world title at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar in October 2019 and became the youngest champion in that event in history at age 22. Lyles also was part of the American 4×100-meter relay championship team.

Nikita Nagornyy, gymnastics, Russia
Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy won all-around gold with a total of 88.772 points at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on 11 October 2019.

Stephen Strasburg, baseball, United States
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the MVP of the World Series after winning both of his starts against the Houston Astros in October. The right-hander became the first pitcher to go 5-0 in a single postseason, striking out 47 batters and posting an 11.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the third best in MLB postseason history.

Deshaun Watson, football, United States
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson collected AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for October 2019 after passing for 1,293 yards and 10 touchdowns in the month. Watson threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns against Atlanta in week 5 and topped reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in week 6.


Minna Atherton, swimming, Australia
Australia’s Minna Atherton set a world record in the women’s 100-meter backstroke with a time of 54.89 seconds in Budapest, Hungary, on 27 October 2019. Atherton’s time topped the previous world record of 55.03 seconds set by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in 2014. Atherton also won the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:00.58 the previous week in Lewisville, Texas.

Simone Biles, gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Simone Biles won five gold medals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, in October 2019, and became the most decorated gymnast in world championships history with 25 career world medals. Biles also completed two skills never performed by a female gymnast in competition.

Sifan Hassan, athletics, the Netherlands
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands completed a golden double by winning both the 10,000-meter and 1,500-meter titles at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in October 2019. Hassan finished the 1,500-meters with a time of 3:51.95, the sixth fastest time in history and just two seconds shy of the world record.

Brigid Kosgei, athletics, Kenya
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei broke Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old women’s world record by winning the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:14:04 on 13 October 2019. It was the second consecutive Chicago Marathon title for Kosgei, who also won the London Marathon this year.

Emma Meesseman, basketball, Belgium
Washington Mystics center Emma Meesseman of Belgium was named the WNBA Finals MVP after scoring 22 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals as the Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun 89-78 to win the league championship on 11 October 2019.

Salwa Eid Naser, athletics, Bahrain
Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser became the third fastest woman in history in the 400 meters, taking gold in the event with a time of 48.14 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on 3 October 2019. It was the fastest time run in the event in the last 34 years.

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