Five Para athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for May 2016, and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via www.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
Ihar Boki, BLR, swimming
Boki was the most decorated swimmer at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships with six golds and one bronze medal. He defended his men’s 50m and 100m freestyle S13 titles from 2014 and added wins in the 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
Curtis McGrath, AUS, canoe
McGrath won the 2016 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Para Canoe World Championship title in the men’s KL2, stopping Austrian Markus Swoboda from a seventh-straight world title. McGrath won in 42.043 seconds, about a second ahead of Swoboda (43.068).
Alphonsus Doerr, Hugh Freund and Bradley Kendall; USA; sailing
The US sonar fleet captured gold in the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships. Only two points separated the gold and bronze medals heading into the final race, but the USA remained the most consistent to win the title, totalling 26, compared to Great Britain’s 27 and Australia’s 28.
Shelby Watson, GBR, athletics
Watson broke four world records in T33 class at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, on top of the two she set in Barcelona, Spain, earlier in May.
Shokhsanamkhon Toshpulatova, UZB, swimming
The 19-year-old S13 swimmer set seven Asian records in seven days on her international debut at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships. Toshpulatova also won gold in the women’s 200m individual medley SM13 alongside one silver and two bronze medals in other events.
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Thursday (9 June) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for May 2016 via the www.paralympic.org homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2016 winners so far are:
• January – Abdullah Sultan Alaryani, United Arab Emirates, shooting
• February – Andrey Smirnov, Russia, wheelchair curling
• March – Stephen McGuire, Great Britain, boccia
• April – Carlos Serrano, Colombia, swimming