The United States Sports Academy is proud to announce its top honorees for August’s Athlete of the Month contest. Displaying expertise on the track and in the pool for years, respectively, Usain Bolt and Katie Ledecky succeeded again, this time gaining favor with those making selections on the online public ballot.
Jamaican track and field champion Usain Bolt beat the competition to win the honor of Athlete of the Month for the men’s side. Bolt captured the gold medal in the men’s 100, 200, and 4X100 relay at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Track & Field World Championship in Beijing, China. His winning time in the 100 was 9.79 and the 200 was 19.55.
American swimmer Michael Phelps came in second for the Athlete of the Month voting. He swam a third 2015 world-best time in as many days in the 200m individual medley at the USA National Championships. Phelps won the 100m butterfly in 50.45 seconds, faster than the 50.56 South African Chad Le Clos swam to win world gold on the same day. Third for the men is golf all-star Jason Day, who was nominated after winning the Barclays Open FedEx Cup playoff in Edison, New Jersey. He shot 63-62 on the weekend at Plainfield Country Club to post 19-under 261, tying a tournament record.
For the women, American swimming champion Katie Ledecky beat out the competition to be named the female Athlete of the Month for August. She rallied to win the 200-meter freestyle at the World Championships in swimming in Kazan, Russia. She also bested her own world record in the prelims of the 1500 meter freestyle race. Her winning time and new world record was 15 minutes 27.71 seconds.
Coming in second for the women’s voting is American Mixed Martial Arts fighter Ronda Rousey. She defeated Brazilian Bethe Correia in a 34 second beat-down at the UFC 190 title fight on Saturday, August 1, held at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jamaican track and field star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came in third for the voting after she sprinted her way to the 100-meter gold in 10.7 at the World Championships held at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest.
The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and voting process. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month. Return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the Athletes of the Month. Your votes choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website its online publication, The Sport Update.
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