Daniel Martins named Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’

Brazilian track athlete smashes his own men’s 400m T20 world record 08 May 2019
male Para athlete Daniel Martins holds up his arm and fist pumps while holding a gold medal and smiling

Daniel Martins clocked a world record-time on the way to winning gold in the men's 400m at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

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Daniel Martins has been chosen as Americas ‘Athlete of the Month’ for April after receiving 49 per cent of the public vote.

The Brazilian runner rounded off action at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix smashing his own men’s 400m T20 world record, showing great form ahead of this year’s Parapan American Games and World Championships.

Despite receiving massive support from Argentina, swimmer Daniela Gimenez had to settle for the second place this time with 39 per cent of the votes.

Colombian shooting Para sport athlete Maria Teresa Restrepo, Chilean powerlifter Marion Serrano and US wheelchair racer Daniel Romanchuk were also nominated.

The nominations were compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from across the continent.

The 2019 Americas Athlete of the Month winners are:

• January – Johanna Sossa and Johana Martinez, Colombia, wheelchair tennis

• February – Rebeca Valenzuela Alvarez, Mexico, athletics

• March – Matias Pino, Chile, table tennis

• April – Daniel Martins, Brazil, athletics