American basketball star LeBron James and Bermudan triathlete Flora Duffy have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for April. The second place finishers on the ...
DAPHNE, Ala. – American basketball star LeBron James and Bermudan triathlete Flora Duffy have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for April.
James led the Cleveland Cavaliers in all five major statistical categories in its NBA playoff series win against the Indiana Pacers in April 2018. He averaged 41.8 points in the Cavaliers’ four wins against the Pacers and finished the series averaging 34.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1 block per game. He shot 55.3 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range.
Duffy dominated in women’s triathlon events on the international stage in April 2018. She took gold in the women’s event at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series (WTS) in Hamilton, Bermuda, on 28 April 2018. She also took gold in the women’s triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier in the month.
The second place finisher on the men’s side was Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi and third place went to American golfer Patrick Reed.
Kawauchi battled harsh weather conditions and finished the prestigious Boston Marathon with a time of 2:15.58, becoming the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987 and the first Asian to win since 2001. This was Kawauchi’s first major title.
Reed won The Masters at August National in Georgia to capture his first major title on 8 April 2018. Reed shot a 15-under-par 273 to win after taking the lead in the second round and never relinquishing it.
The second place finisher on the women’s side was American runner Desiree Linden and third place went to American basketball player Arike Ogunbowale.
Linden won the Boston Marathon women’s race on 16 April 2018, becoming the first American woman to win the prestigious race since Lisa Larsen Rainsberger in 1985. Linden crossed the finish line in 2:39.54 with heavy rain and temperatures in the low 40s.
The NCAA Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Ogunbowale of Notre Dame scored 18 points, including the game-winning shot as time expired, to lift the Fighting Irish to a 61-58 win over Mississippi State in the women’s national championship basketball game on 1 April 2018. She was previously named the Academy’s Female Athlete of the Month for March.
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