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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

Vote for October’s Allianz Athlete of the Month

World champions, World Marathon Major winner and Wheelchair tennis legend make the shortlist 07 Nov 2019
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Five nominees for Allianz Athlete of the Month
World champions, World Marathon Major winner and wheelchair tennis legend make the shortlist
ⒸGetty Images, Narelle Spangher, Binh Truong/DBS
By IPC

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has released the shortlist for October’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and fans can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.

The nominees are:

BARBARA MOSKAL, POL, SHOOTING 
Stamped her name as the top vision impaired shooter when the category made its Worlds debut at Sydney 2019. She dominated the standing category. 

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Poland's Barbara Moskal
ⒸNarelle Spangher

MANUELA SCHAER, SUI, ATHLETICS
Took her eighth consecutive Marathon Majors victory in the Chicago Marathon less than a month after winning in Berlin.

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Female wheelchair racer Manuela Schaer breaks the tape at the finish line
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OLEKSII DENYSIUK, UKR, SHOOTING
Was the top pistol shooter at the 2019 World Championships in Sydney, Australia, winning three medals including golds in P3 and P4. It was a big improvement since the Championships a year ago when he reached all his finals and made the top three.

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Ukrainian man stands with gold medal around neck and prize in hand
ⒸNarelle Spangher

OLIVER HOERAUF, GER, GOALBALL
Helped Germany secure their first European title by finishing as the team’s top goal scorer with 19 strikes after beating Ukraine 6-2 in the final.

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German players lift their arms in celebration
ⒸBinh Truong/DBS

SHINGO KUNIEDA, JPN, WHEELCHAIR TENNIS
Produced a dominant display to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson in the inaugural men’s singles final on home soil at the Japan Open.

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Shingo Kunieda lifts the 2019 Japan Open trophy
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The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Thursday (14 November) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for October 2019 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage. 

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).

The 2019 monthly winners so far are as follows:

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

July – Silvia Biasi, ITA, sitting volleyball

August – Peter Pal Kiss, HUN, canoe

September – Alice Tai, GBR, swimming