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July Athlete of the Month Ballot
1. Novak Djokovic, Tennis, SRB
Djokovic is the 2015 Wimbledon champion, besting Roger Federer in the finals, 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3. With the win, Djokovic earned his third title at Wimbledon, having won it in 2011 and 2014. It’s his ninth Grand Slam title overall, and his second of the year after winning the Australian Open as well. He’s also improved his head-to-head record against Federer, and they now sit at 20-20 overall. He also leads Federer 7-6 in Grand Slam matches at this stage.
2. Mike Trout, Baseball, USA
Trout, professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB), became the first man in history to win back-to-back All-Star MVP awards. He lead off the game with a homerun in the first inning to help get the American started on their way to a 6-3 and allow their league to earn home field advantage in the upcoming World Series in October. Then, four innings later, Trout might have done something even more impressive, in his own subtle way. He found a gear that enabled him to go roaring down the first-base line like Usain Bolt, to beat out what looked like a routine double-play ball — which led, of course, to a game-changing, two-run inning.
3. Jossimar Calvo Moreno, Gymnastics, COL
Moreno delivered two stunning displays in the men’s parallel and horizontal bar finals. The Colombian’s first gold of the evening came after being awarded a score of 15.700 to finish above Cuba’s Manrique Larduet and individual all-round champion America’s Samuel Mikulak, who ended the parallel bar final on 15.650 and 15.450. The 20-year-old was able to transfer his excellent form into the men’s horizontal bar final as he beat home favorite Kevin Lytwyn and defending champion Paul Ruggeri of the United States to gold after scoring 15.700.
4. Joao De Lucca, Swimming, BRA
Joao De Lucca unleashed a sizzling Pan American and South American record in the men’s 200-meter. De Lucca, the 2013-2014 NCAA champion in the 200 free, overtook a blazing Federico Grabich at the 150 to win in 1: 46.42. That effort beat the Pan Am Games record of 1:47.18 set by Brett Fraser back in 2011. He also downed Thiago Pereira’s South American and Brazilian record of 1:46.57 set at the 2009 World Championships. De Lucca also moved up to ninth in the world rankings to mark a major breakthrough in the long course version of the event after excelling in short course.
5. Zach Johnson, Golf, USA
Johnson won the British Open this past Monday & captured his second major, winning The Open in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman that capped off five wild days at St. Andrews and a suspense-filled final round. The 39-year-old Johnson now has two majors among his 12 PGA Tour victories, an astounding record and an example that a good wedge game and putter can still go a long way in this era of the long ball.
6. Chris Froome, Cycling, GBR
Froome became the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice when he safely reached the finish line in Paris at the end of the three-week race. Froome, 30, beat Colombia’s Nairo Quintana to the yellow jersey by 72 seconds with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde third.
1. Carli Lloyd, World Cup Soccer, USA
Carli Lloyd is the first player in World Cup Soccer history to have scored a hat trick in the women’s championship game; she scored all three goals in the first 16 minutes of the championship game. She scored a total of six goals during World Cup play and she was awarded the golden ball award as the best player.
2. Genzebe Dibaba, Track & Field, ETH
Genzebe Dibaba broke a 22-year-old world record in the women’s 1500m clocked 3.50.07 during a Diamond League meet in Monaco and won the women’s 5000 meter race at the Diamond League meet in Paris, France.
3. Serena Williams, Tennis, USA
Williams defeated promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 at Wimbledon to complete the “Serena Slam” — winning four straight majors — for the second time and is now well on the way to making more history at the season’s final grand slam.
4. In Gee Chun, Golf, KOR
The 20-year old Chun shot a 4-under-par 66 in the final round and finished at 8 under, becoming the first player to win her U.S. Open debut since countrywoman Birdie Kim in 2005.
5. Ellie Black, Gymnastics, CAN
Canada’s Ellie Black won gold medals in the floor exercise and women’s beam gymnastics events at the Pan Am Games. Black, also won a gold (all-around), silver (team) and bronze (vault), she has now collected an impressive five medals at the Games.
6. Maya Moore, Basketball, USA
Minnesota Lynx Maya Moore sets new a WNBA All-Star Game record with 30 points and leads the West over the East, 117-112. Moore is named MVP.