The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for July’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
Abdula Kuramagomedov, RUS, judo
Delivered a surprise victory at the European Championships, beating Georgian world champion Zviad Gogotchuri in the men’s up to 100kg.
Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, MAS, powerlifting
Twenty-year-old shocked Paralympic champions Paul Kehinde and Liu Lei, pushing 207kg to claim his first senior major title at the World Championships in the men’s up to 65kg.
Bose Omolayo, NGR, powerlifting
Broke the world record en route to taking the women’s up to 79kg gold at the World Championships. The Nigerian successfully pushed 142kg to claim her first Worlds title.
Mariska Beijer, NED, wheelchair basketball
Was the top scorer throughout the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball European Championship tournament with 170 points, including 24 in the gold medal victory over Great Britain.
Silvia Biasi, ITA, sitting volleyball
Defensive specialist was instrumental in securing the women’s team a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, via their first-ever historic European Championship medal with silver against Russia.
The public has until 12 p.m. CEST Friday (9 August) to vote for who they think should be Allianz Athlete of the Month for July 2019.
The 2019 winners are:
January – Jeroen Kampschreur, NED, alpine skiing
February – Yujie Li, CHN, taekwondo
March – Lisa Bunschoten, NED, snowboard
April – Michael Roeger, AUS, athletics
May – Koji Sugeno, JPN, wheelchair tennis
June – Antoni Ponce, ESP, swimming