Team GB golden girl Ennis pipped to Athlete of the Year by US sprinter Felix in Barcelona
13:31 GMT, 25 November 2012
Jessica Ennis has missed out on being named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year after American sprinter Allyson Felix won the award.
Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis was on the three-strong final shortlist, but lost out to Felix, who won three gold medals at London 2012, at an IAAF ceremony in Barcelona this afternoon.
Felix, 27, won the 200 metres and the 4x100m and 4x400m titles in the summer.
Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year
New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams had also been in contention.
Usain Bolt won the men’s award for the fourth time in the last five years.
He beat Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and 110m hurdles gold medallist Aries Merritt.
The pair have both set world records this year, while Bolt successfully defended his three sprint titles.
'This means a lot to me as this was one of my hardest years,' Bolt, who had fitness concerns in the run-up to the Olympics, said on the IAAF website.
Looking sharp: Usain Bolt (right) picked up the men's award as Aries Merritt (right) missed out
Winner: Allyson Felix (right) pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona and Yohan Blake (left) strikes his signature pose
'My coach doesn’t want us to discuss injuries, so I didn’t talk about it, so this means a lot.'
Felix said: 'It is pretty much one of the coolest awards I’ve ever received.
'Winning it means you are at the top of your sport, which is something we all strive for. To finally reach the goal during the journey of a long career is very special.'
Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years
Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold
'For me this is a great honor to win a fourth time. I really worked hard and I was really focused this year. This season was one of my toughest.
'I had my ups and downs, even though we don’t like to talk about them,' said Bolt, who thanked his coach and the fans at this summer’s Olympics.
'The London games were magnificent. Fans were there in the stadium from 10 in the morning, I had never seen anything like that.'
In 2003, Bolt and Felix won the Rising Star awards for the most promising young athletes of the year.
Bolt said: 'Nine years ago I was here with Allyson, now I am back, that means I am getting old, which is slightly worrying,'
'But I will continue to work hard.'