Jhon Castaneda has been voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month for December after a record-breaking performance at the World Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships.
The Colombian set an Americas record of 212kg in the men’s over 107kg on his way to gold in front of a home crowd in Bogota.
Castaneda received 61 per cent of the public votes. Norway’s Nordic skier Vilde Nilsen was second with 34 per cent. Dutch wheelchair tennis player Diede de Groot, Thai boccia player Worawut Saengampa and Georgian wheelchair fencer Irma Khetsuriani were also nominated.
The 2018 winners are:
January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing
February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing
March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing
March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing
March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team
April – Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing
May – Sareh Javanmardi, IRI, shooting
June – Sevda Altunoluk, TUR, goalball
July – Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, IRI, sitting volleyball
August – Greg Polychronidis, GRE, boccia
September – Corne de Koning, NED, rowing
October – Japanese women’s goalball team
November – Olena Chynka, UKR, Para dance sport
December – Jhon Castaneda, COL, powerlifting