The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the shortlist for June’s Athlete of the Month award
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the shortlist for June’s Athlete of the Month award on Monday (1 July), and the public now has one week to vote for the winner via the poll on the IPC homepage.
Last month was highlighted by the IPC Athletics Grand Prix, Roland Garros, the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup and the BISFed Boccia European Championships.
The finalists for June’s top performers include:
-Sabine Ellerbrock (Germany, wheelchair tennis): Ellerbrock, now world No. 2 in women’s singles, won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros on 7 June. She beat Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen in three sets after recording a two-set victory over world No. 1 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
-Alan Fonteles Oliveira (Brazil, athletics): Oliveira broke the 100m T43 world record at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix on 15 June in Berlin, Germany, clocking a 10.77 to become the fastest man in the world on blades.
-Jose Macedo (Portugal, boccia): Macedo beat Paralympic gold medallist Greg Polychronidis of Greece on a golden point in the final BC3 match to win the title at the BISFed Boccia European Championships in his own country of Portugal.
-Marlou van Rhijn (Netherlands, athletics): The 21-year-old became the fastest female on blades, running the 100m T43 sprint in a new world-record time of 12.96 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix event on 15 June in Berlin, Germany.
-Alex Zanardi (Italy, cycling): The former Formula 1 driver swept his classification at both of June’s UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup events. In Merano and Marlengo, Italy, he won both the road race and time trial H4 events, and then did the same in Segovia, Spain on the circuit’s second stop.
The public now has until 12:00 (CEST) on 8 July to vote for which athlete they think had the best performance last month.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees and International Federations.