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April Athlete of the Month Ballot
Stephen Curry, Basketball, USA (United States)
Recently named the NBA’s MVP for the 2014-15 season, the two-time NBA all-star guard for the Golden State Warriors really stepped up his game once the postseason started in mid-April, averaging 33.8 points, 7.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game during a first-round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans. Included in that run was a 39-point, 9-assist, 8-rebound tour de force in the decisive Game 4 victory.
Lelisa Desis, Marathon, ETH (Ethiopia)
He won the men’s race at the Boston Marathon April 20, his winning time was 2 hours 9 minutes and 17 seconds. That was his second victory in the event, having won the 2013 edition.
Novak Djokovic, Tennis, SRB (Serbia)
Beat Tomas Berdych to win his second Monte Carlo title April 19 and become the first man to win the opening three Masters events of a season – Indians Wells and Miami being the others. The world’s No. 1-ranked player came through 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on the clay to extend his winning run in 2015 to 17 matches. He also defeated Andy Murray 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0 to win his fifth Miami Open Title in Key Biscayne, Fla., on April 5.
Frank Kaminsky, Basketball, USA (United States)
The consensus national player of the year in college basketball, Kaminsky led Wisconsin to a second straight Final Four, where he posted back-to-back double-doubles against Kentucky and Duke. His 20-point, 11-rebound effort in the national semifinal April 4 was enough to get the Badgers past previously unbeaten Kentucky, but Wisconsin fell in the final to Duke April 6 despite his 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Adam Peaty, Swimming, ENG (England)
Adam Peaty set the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke April 17 at the British Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Center in London. His winning time was 57.92 seconds, topping the previous mark of 58.46. the 20-year-old also won the 200-meter breaststroke at the event.
Jordan Spieth, Golf, USA (United States)
The 21-year-old won the 2015 Masters in record-tying fashion, carding an 18-under-par 270 to match the major’s mark for 72 holes, set previously by Tiger Woods in 1997. The victory was Spieth’s second in a month, and his fourth overall on the PGA Tour. On the round’s final day on April 12, he reached 19-under – a number never achieved in the event’s history – before bogeying the last hole to win by four strokes. Spieth became the first wire-to-wire champ at the Augusta, Ga., course since 1976.
Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlete, USA (United States)
The 28-year-old won her 8th straight World Triathlon Series in the Gold Coast, Australia, event on April 11. She is also a two-time USA Triathlon Olympic/ITU Female Athlete of the Year. In addition, she won gold at the 2014 World Championships.
Lydia Ko, Golf, NZL (New Zealand)
The LPGA Tour’s top-rated golfer defended her title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in Daly City, CA. The 18-year-old won in a playoff, birdieing the 2nd hole of the playoff. She carded an 8-under-par 280 for the event.
Jenna Prandini, Track & Field, USA (United States)
The University of Oregon redshirt junior set two school records and posted two world-leading times for 2015 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18. Prandini highlighted the day by winning the 100 meters in 10.92 seconds, breaking Oregon’s school record while posting the second-fastest time in NCAA history. Prandini also posted a world-leading mark in the 200 meters with a time of 22.42 seconds.
Caroline Rotich, Marathon, KEN (Kenya)
She won the women’s race at the Boston Marathon on April 20, posting a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds. The win was the 30-year-old’s first major marathon victory, although she has won Las Vegas, Prague and the New York City Half Marathon as well.
Sei Young Kim, Golf, KOR (South Korea)
She sank an eagle from 154 yards out on the first playoff hole of the Lotte Championship April 18 in Oahu, Hawaii, topping third-ranked Inbee Park in the process. The 22-year-old Kim finished the tournament at 11-under 277, earning her second victory on the LPGA Tour.
Breanna Stewart, Basketball, USA (United States)
The two-time AP player of the year dominated the NCAA Division I Women’s Tournament once again, leading the Connecticut Huskies to a third straight national title. A 6-foot-4 junior, she posted 15 rebounds, eight points, four blocks and two steals as UConn topped Notre Dame on April 7 for the school’s record-setting 10th crown. In the national semifinal April 5 against Maryland, Stewart went off for 25 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals, which helped clinch her third consecutive most outstanding player of the Final Four honor.