Athlete of the Month Ballot
Angus Arthur, wrestling, Jamaica
Angus Arthur became the first wrestler from Jamaica to win gold at the Pan-American Championship tournament in Ottawa on 8 March 2020. Arthur took gold in the men’s 92kg (202 lbs.) class after defeating Costa Rica’s Maxwell Lacey Garita 13-1 in the final.
Jason Belmonte, bowling, Australia
Australian bowler Jason Belmonte defeated American Anthony Simonsen 213-190 to capture his third consecutive Professional Bowling Association (PBA) World Championship title in Las Vegas on 15 March 2020. It was Belmonte’s 24th career PBA Tour win.
Mohamed ElShorbagy, squash, Egypt
Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy, the world’s top-ranked men’s squash player, won the Canary Wharf Classic title in London on 13 March 2020. ElShorbagy defeated compatriot Ali Farag in the final match before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Martin Fourcade, biathlon, France
France’s Martin Fourcade won the final race of his career at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup in Finland on 14 March 2020. It was Fourcade’s 83rd victory in a career that included five Olympic titles and 13 world championships.
Mark McMorris, snowboarding, Canada
Canada’s Mark McMorris made Winter X Games history by winning his record 18th discipline medal after taking first place in the big air competition at the Winter X Games in Norway on 7 March 2020. McMorris broke the record previously held by American Shaun White.
Sam Mikulak, gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Sam Mikulak finished in first place in parallel bars and floor exercise and won gold in the all-around competition at the American Cup in Wisconsin on 7 March 2020. Mikulak won the all-around with 85.322 points after finishing in the top 4 in every event.
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Brittany Bowe, speedskating, United States
American speedskater Brittany Bowe clinched the season title in the 1,000-meter distance with a silver medal in the World Cup event in the Netherlands on 7 March 2020. It was Bowe’s second consecutive season world title and fourth overall.
Hania El Hammamy, squash, Egypt
Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy won the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Platinum Title at the Black Ball Squash Open event in Cairo on 14 March 2020. El Hammamy upset the four-time world champion Nour El Sherbini in the final match to capture the title.
Alma Jane Valencia Escoto, wrestling, Mexico
Mexico’s Alma Jane Valencia Escoto won the women’s 57kg (125 lbs.) weight class and became the first female wrestler ever from her country to qualify for the Olympic Games at the Pan-American Olympic Wrestling Qualification Tournament in Ottawa on 14 March 2020. Valencia Escoto defeated American Helen Maroulis to take the title in the championship match.
Morgan Hurd, gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Morgan Hurd won the women’s all-around title at the American Cup in Wisconsin on 7 March 2020. Hurd finished first in the uneven bars, second in the floor exercise and third in bars and beam to secure the all-around title.
Habiba Marzouk, gymnastics, Egypt
Egyptian teenager Habiba Marzouk, 17, won six out of a possible six gold medals at the African Gymnastics Championships in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on 15 March 2020. Marzouk also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after taking first place in the women’s all-around competition.
Mariel Zagunis, fencing, United States
American saber fencer Mariel Zagunis won gold in the World Cup event in Athens, Greece, on 7 March 2020. Zagunis, the most decorated American fencer of all time, defeated Hungary’s Liza Pusztai 15-6 to capture the title.