Greece’s Greg Polychronidis has been named the Allianz Athlete of the Month for August after a memorable winning performance at the 2018 World Boccia Championships.
Polychronidis won double gold, including the BC3 individual final in dramatic fashion. He fought back from behind to defeat the Paralympic champion and secure his first major individual title. He was also victorious in the BC3 pairs gold.
Polychronids received 42 per cent of the public votes. French long-jumper Marie-Amelie le Fur came in second with 34 per cent. Japanese wheelchair rugby player Daisuke Ikezaki was third (20 per cent). The Netherlands’ wheelchair basketball player Mariska Beijer and swimmer Liesette Bruinsma 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