Firstly, I have to say that I am glad that Beth Tweddle got third place in this contest. I can think of many "hard" men out there who would not vote for her because she is a woman and a gymnast.(Quite a few on this board)
To be a world and european champion in a gymnastics event in Britain is an outstanding achievement, especially when gymnastics coaching in this country is so poor compared to other countries. eg. america and china
I would also like to add that it was good to see the great tribute to Paul Hunter and that the achievement of David Walliams was honoured, which were both fitting. The appearance of Bjorn Borg (a tennis legend) was the icing on the cake.
However, there were many disappointing things. The fact that Phillips and Clarke came first and second respectively was disappointing.
For all that they have achieved, both Nicole Cooke and Joe Calzaghe deserved it more. They are fairly unknown by the public and have both won more and achieved more than the two aforementioned.
Phillips is lucky to have the privileges afforded to her by her family and although Clarke came through a tough time, there are so many people out in the world who suffer a similar fate (be it their kids, their partners, their parents) that it would be a kick in the teeth to them and what they have to go through for Clarke to win just because he is a famous sportsperson and we feel sorrow for his loss.(All the millions out there do not get awards, they have to get on with life)
It is a shame that both Cooke and Calzaghe were not given a fair hearing on the show as their achievements deserve it. Cooke won the female version of the tour de france and calzaghe has been doing fabulous things in boxing for years, his demolition of Lacy was something worth watching.
Overall, although there were some good things, I could not help but feel a little disappointed at the ending to the show and the fact that some who were more worthy did not get the credit they deserved.