Browne, Whitmore nominated for Paralympic Athlete of the Month

By International Paralympic Committee | Oct. 01, 2014, 5 p.m. (ET)

Richard Browne
Richard Browne burst on to the scene in 2012, unexpectedly winning the silver medal in the men's 100-meter T43-44 event at the Paralympic Games. He now holds three world records, most recently besting his own 200m mark in September. 

Jamie Whitmore won two world titles at the road world championships, which ended in September, adding to her track wins from earlier in the year.

Team USA’s Richard Browne, a track and field athlete, and Jamie Whitmore, a road and track cyclist, are nominated for the International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month for September 2014. Fans can vote at until Oct. 10 at 6 a.m. ET. 

In one of the last meets of the season, Browne broke the men's 200-meter T44 world record with a time of 21.62 at the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Browne held the previous world record in the event and also holds the record in the 100m and the 4x100m T42-46 relay (with Blake Leeper, Jerome Singleton and Jarryd Wallace).

Whitmore won two more world titles at the 2014 Para-Cycling Road World Championships, which ended in September, in Greenville, South Carolina, making it six world titles combined in road and track cycling for the year. She is also a nominee for the Women’s Sports Foundation 2014 Individual SportsWoman of the Year.

Other nominees for the Paralympic Athlete of the Month:

Yui Kamiji (Japan) and Jordanne Whiley (Great Britain), wheelchair tennis

The pairing of Kamiji and Whiley won all four grand slam titles in 2014 — the first non-Dutch pairing to do so, including the U.S. Open in September. Kamiji also won the singles title, her second of the year.

Eduardo Avila Sanchez (Mexico), judo

Sanchez scored the shock result of the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by beating Ukrainian Paralympic gold medalist Olexandr Kosinov in the -81kg category.

Galina Ryzkhova (Russia), wheelchair dance sport

Ryzkhova won double gold at the 2014 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport Continents Cup in Moscow, Russia, in both the pairs, with partner Viacheslav Osipov, and the individual events.

Leung Yuk Wing (Hong Kong), boccia

A double gold medalist at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, it took Yuk Wing a long time to get back to the top, but he achieved it with two gold medals at the 2014 BISFED Boccia World Championships. He came from three ends down in the individual final, beating Paralympic champions Brazil in the BC4 Pairs.

Nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees and International Federations.