Kingston: Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, winners of the 200m world titles last year in Daegu, South Korea, were named Jamaica's top sportsman and sportswoman of 2011.
Sprint superstar Bolt had been overlooked for the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's top athlete award, which went to 100m world champion Yohan Blake.
In his short acceptance speech on Friday for the award given by the RJR Sports Foundation, Bolt responded to critics who predicted he and Blake wouldn't be able to work well together.
"We are good friends, and we will continue to make our country proud," Bolt said, while admitting there must be some rivalry.
Bolt also took the Icon award while Asafa Powell, one of seven male nominees, was given the People's Choice Award, for his victory at Jamaica's world championship trials in 2011.
On the women's side, Campbell-Brown took her third award for the 2011 season. She was also honoured by the JAAA and as the top woman athlete in Central America and the Caribbean by the sport's regional governing body.
She beat Stafanie Taylor, the International Cricket Council female Player of the Year.