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Athlete of the Month

June Athlete of the Month Ballot

Male

1. Stanislas Wawrinka, Tennis, SUI
Stanislas Wawrinka beat Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to win the men’s French Open Title in Paris, France.

2. LeBron James, Basketball, USA
James produced the first 40-point, 14-rebounds, 11-assist performance in recorded playoff history (since such stats were kept) in Game 5 at Oracle Arena among many other achievements in June, 2015.

3. Jordan Spieth, Golf, USA
He won the US Open at 21 years old. He is the fourth person to win this prestigious golf tournament at that age. He is the first golfer to win the Master’s and US Open back to back since Tiger Woods did it in 2002.

4. Max Scherzer, Baseball, USA
His no-hitter came within a strike of a perfect game before hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jose Tabata in Washington’s 6-0 victory. He pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks (and a hit batter), good for a Game Score of 97. In his previous start, he fired a 16-strikeout one-hitter with just one walk, a Game Score of 100 — just the 12th Game Score of 100 or greater in a nine-inning game.

5. Ooi Tze Liang, Diving, MAS
Tze Liang might be just 21 years old, but he should certainly be considered a diver of international repute, having garnered a gold medal for Malaysia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This year’s SEA Games saw him snatching titles in the three-metre springboard and 10-metre platform events, as well as the three-metre synchronised springboard and 10-metre synchronised platform with Ahmad Amsyar Azman and Chew Yiwei respectively. His four gold medals, all won by comfortable margins, made up half of Malaysia’s total of eight diving titles.

6. Eric Shauwn Cray, Track and Field, PHI
Crossing the finish line a good 20 milliseconds ahead of the runner-up in the 100-meter dash, Eric earned himself the title of the fastest male sprinter in Southeast Asia. He had beaten title favorite and defending champion Jirapong Meenapra from Thailand, who finished a disappointing fifth. 26-year-old Eric also retained his 400-meter hurdles title, smashing the Games record in the process.

FEMALE

1. Serena Williams, Tennis, USA
Serena Williams beat Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 to win the women’s French Open Title in Paris, France. The win was her third French open title and third consecutive major title win since 2014 and her 20th Grand slam overall title.

2. Inbee Park, Golf, KOR
Inbee Park won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY. She shot a final round 5-under 68 and 19 under for the championship. Inbee Park goes bogey-free, wins third Women’s PGA Championship in a row.

3. Francena McCorory, Track & Field, USA
Francena McCorory won the women’s 400 meter race at the Diamond League Adidas Grand Prix in New York City. In winning the race she set a new track record with her time being 49.86 and the time is the fastest and leading time in the world for 400 meters.

4. Charmaine Soh, Netball, SIN
Charmaine Soh was the leading scorer in the netball championship as Singapore beat Malaysia 46-43. Soh scored 38 of the 46 goals for Singapore at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore.

5. Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, Swimming, VIE
The 2012 Olympian and double Asian Games bronze-medalist from Vietnam had given this year’s hosts Singapore, traditionally strong in the pool, a tough time indeed. Winning eight out of her nation’s ten swimming titles, on top of an additional silver and bronze medal, the 18-year-old ranked second only to Singapore’s Joseph Schooling on the overall athletes’ medal table. And, as if this stellar showing still isn’t enough, Anh Vien also broke the Games records eight times in total, notably setting two in the same event – the 400-metre individual medley – on the same day.

6. Jenn Suhr, Track & Field, USA
She won the women’s pole vault at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR. Her winning vault was 15 feet, 9.75 inches. Her winning vault is a world leading height.

 

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