Who should be September's Allianz Athlete of the Month?

Recently crowned world champions are on the shortlist 03 Oct 2018
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September's Allianz Athlete of the Month nominees


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

The nominations are:

Lingling Guo, China, powerlifting

Guo broke the women's up to 45kg world record three times on her way to gold, with a final 114kg lift, at the Asia-Oceania Open Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Stinna Tange Kaastrup, Denmark, equestrian

The 24-year-old had a golden breakthrough, winning two gold medals at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, with a personal record of 78.947 per cent in the freestyle discipline.

Corne de Koning, Netherlands, rowing

The Dutch rower completed an unbeaten season which included winning two boat classes at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

He won the PR2 men’s single sculls, and then he teamed up with Annika van der Meer to win the PR2 mixed double sculls.

Manuela Schaer, Switzerland, athletics

Schaer smashed the world record to defend her Berlin Marathon crown. She clocked 1:36:53, more than a minute faster than the previous record time she shared with Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida, back in 2013.

Lauren Steadman, Great Britain, triathlon

Steadman won the women’s PTS5 to cap a brilliant year. The new world champion found redemption from her silver in Rotterdam, Netherlands, a year ago, thanks to a superb bike stage that saw her take charge of the race.

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on Wednesday (10 October) to vote for the athlete they want to be the Allianz Athlete of the Month for September 2018 via the International Paralympic Committee homepage.

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

The 2018 winners are:

January – Oksana Masters, USA, Nordic skiing

February – Mac Marcoux, CAN, alpine skiing

March (Best Male) – Brian McKeever, CAN, Nordic skiing

March (Best Female) – Ekaterina Rumyantseva, NPA, Nordic skiing

March (Best Team) – Chinese wheelchair curling team

April – Gemma Collis-McCann, GBR, wheelchair fencing

May – Sareh Javanmardi, IRI, shooting

June – Sevda Altunoluk, TUR, goalball

July – Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, IRI, sitting volleyball

August – Greg Polychronidis, GRE, boccia