DOHA, Qatar - Monica Puig stunned Angelique Kerber - and the world - with her surprise run to the Olympic Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and her incredible achievement has been recognized by the Association of National Olympic Committees as one of the best of the Games.
The Puerto Rican, who won the first Olympic Gold medal in her country's history, traveled to Doha, Qatar on Tuesday to receive the prestigious ANOC Award for Best Female Athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, hosted by the International Olympic Committee.
After thanking the committee and her family, Puig dedicated the award to her home country.
"A big, big thank you to Puerto Rico," she enthused on stage. "You guys have stood by me through the highs and the lows and thank you for always believing in me.
"I know for many years to come I will continue to keep making you proud," she added, before signing off with a "sí se puede," her famous Olympic rallying cry of "yes we can."
The 2016 ANOC Awards celebrate and honor the best sporting achievements from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and this edition's award winners were selected by the ANOC Jury which comprises representatives from each of the Continental Associations, the ANOC Athletes' Commission Chair, ASOIF President, ANOC Secretary General and media representatives. The jury collated a shortlist of candidates during the Games and then met after the conclusion of Rio 2016 to determine the winners.