Paula Radcliffe finally winning her first major title in the women's 5,000m. She made up for the wait by taking gold in front of her home crowd in fine style.
Dwain Chambers v Mark Lewis-Francis. The big showdown was a big let-down.
Most predictable scandal
The shellsuits that Manchester's volunteer crew had to wear around town. What were they thinking of?
Most unpredictable scandal
A disabled lawn bowler being sent home for sexual harassment. New Zealand's John Dennis was full of remorse.
Need you ask? Ian Thorpe was the true star of these Games and lived up to his reputation with six golds.
All the greats have a nickname. "The Little Master", "Goldenballs", "The Don", "Thorpedo"... the list goes on. At the age of 16 "Lethal" Leisel Jones has the moniker and two individual golds as well.
Canada's Jonathan Power - squash's answer to John McEnroe. He gives the umpires as he good as he gets - and all with a smile.
Biggest faux pas
Where was Chris Walker when he was supposed to be introduced to the Queen on the opening day of action at the squash? Sitting on the loo.
There were a number of trembling lips and watery eyes on podiums in and around Manchester but nobody quite matched Darren Campbell's histrionics after his 200m bronze.
Most overlooked star
Frankie Fredericks was back from injury and back to his best in the 200m. Blame it on Darren.
Most noble in defeat
England's women's hockey team after their late and controversial defeat to India in the gold medal match.
Most overused four words
"Australia take the gold." But at least it did not happen as much as we expected.
Best thing about Manchester
Worst thing about Manchester