November 2018 Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball, Greece
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for November and October after averaging 27.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 6 assists per game and shooting 57.8 percent from the field through the first 21 games of the season.

Lelisa Desisa, marathon, Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa won the New York City Marathon on 4 November 2018 with a time of 2:05:48. It was the first title for Desisa, who narrowly defeated compatriot Shura Kitata by just two seconds.

Yuzuru Hanyu, figure skating, Japan
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu set a men’s short program world record with a score of 106.69 at the International Skating Union Figure Skating Grand Prix in Helsinki on 3 November 2018.

Eddie Jackson, football, United States
Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson returned two interceptions and a fumble for touchdowns in four games in November and led all players with a 94.8 coverage grade. He also allowed just 52 yards and a 17.7 passer rating when targeted in the month, the best for all qualifying safeties in the league.

Jordan Wilimovsky, swimming, United States
Jordan Wilimovsky won three gold medals at the 2018 Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in November 2018. Wilimovsky was the only man to swim under 8 minutes in the 800-meter freestyle and won with a time of 7:56.88.

Alexander Zverev, tennis, Germany
Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals in London on 18 November 2018. Zverev also defeated Swiss star Roger Federer in the semifinals to reach the championship round.

Female

Simone Biles, gymnastics, United States
American gymnast Simone Biles won six medals – including four gold – at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Qatar on 3 November 2018. Biles equaled the women’s record for total World Championship medals with 20, tying Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina. Biles also became the first gymnast in three decades to win a medal in each event in which she competed at the event.

Brittany Bowe, speed skating, United States
American speed skater Brittany Bowe earned four World Cup medals – one gold, one silver and two bronze – in competitions in Obihiro and Tomakomai, Japan, in November 2018.

Mary Keitany, marathon, Kenya
Kenya’s Mary Keitany won the New York City Marathon on 4 November 2018 with a time of 2:22:48, the second fastest time ever run by a woman in the race. Keitany won the marathon for the fourth time in the last five years.

Katie Ledecky, swimming, United States
Katie Ledecky won three gold medals at the 2018 Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., in November 2018. Ledecky was victorious in the women’s 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle race, which she won by more than 14 seconds.

Mikaela Shiffrin, skiing, United States
American Mikaela Shiffrin won her second World Cup title of the season as she took slalom gold at the Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Killington, Vermont, on 25 November 2018. She previously won the World Cup event in Levi, Finland, on 18 November 2018.

Alina Zagitova, figure skating, Russia
Russia’s Alina Zagitova scored 80.78 points during her short program at the Gran-Prix Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on 17 November, which broke the world record she previously set with 79.93 points earlier in 2018.

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