Who should be July’s Allianz Athlete of the Month?Champions from London 2017 and Wimbledon make the shortlist. 02 Aug 2017
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for July, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org.
The nominations are:
Diede de Groot, NED, wheelchair tennis
The 20 year old captured her first Grand Slam women's singles title at Wimbledon.
Petrucio Ferreira, BRA, athletics
At the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, Ferreira obliterated his own 100m T47 world record that he set at Rio 2016, before completing a sprint double with another world record, this time in the 200m.
Tatyana McFadden, USA, athletics
Despite dealing with blood clots this season, the wheelchair racer showed she still dominates her class. At London 2017, she won all four of her events (200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m T54).
Stefan Olsson, SWE, wheelchair tennis
Olsson beat the world’s top two players to claim the first Grand Slam singles title of his career at Wimbledon. He overcame defending champion and world No.2 Gordon Reid in his opening match, then No.1 Gustavo Fernandez in the final.
Daniel Wagner, DEN, athletics
Wagner won silver in the 100m T42 race and only 12 hours later became world champion for the first time in the long jump competition, dethroning Japan’s Atsushi Yamamoto and setting a new championship record of 6.50m.
The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Wednesday (9 August) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for July 2017 via the www.paralympic.org homepage.
The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).
The 2017 Allianz Athlete of the Month winners so far are:
• January – Jeroen Kampschreur, Netherlands, alpine skiing
• February – Veronica Vadovicova, Slovakia, shooting
• March – Maria Paula Barrera, Colombia, swimming
• April – Jean Niringiyimana, Rwanda, taekwondo
• May – Evan Medell, USA, taekwondo
• June – Alfie Hewett, Great Britain, wheelchair tennis