Iran’s Sareh Javanmardi has been voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month for May after her outstanding performance at the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships.
The double Paralympic champion added two world titles to her collection at the Worlds in Cheongju, South Korea. She overcame a penalty deduction to win the P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1), and beat an otherwise all-male field to take gold in the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1).
The voting was tight between Javanmardi (41 per cent) and Ukrainian powerlifter Mariana Shevchuk (38 per cent). Belgian wheelchair racer Peter Genyn came in third with 14 per cent of the public votes. Brazilian equestrian rider Rodolpho Riskalla and Canadian judoka Priscilla Gagne 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