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WHILE races are usually won by the most deserving, anything involving public votes is a lottery and a popularity contest as the US electorate can bear witness.
Last weekend Strictly was not won by the best dancer but the most popular and it seems it is more important to have a high social media presence than be good at something.
In the BBC SPOTY awards, few would argue that winning a Tour de France is up there with anything but in previous years the Kenyan-born Chris Froome has not found it sufficient.
Geraint Thomas’s win was deserved but netball – not even an Olympic sport – gaining two wins for a Commonwealth title shows a well-organised media campaign can pay dividends over what’s fair.
Even the awards raise eyebrows. DinaAsher-Smith wins the international award but is not ranked first in the merit rankings in either sprint.
Additionally, Jo Pavey has never run a masters race and barely competed in 2018 but still heavily outvotes all but one master record-breaker because she is also known and admired by all in the sport.
I prefer races to polls and votes. It is a pity presidential and elections aren’t raced for so the best really can win.
Steve Smythe,results editor