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BEIJING, August 19. /TASS/. British politician and former athlete Sebastian Coe has been elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
The double Olympic 1500m gold medallist and former London 2012 chairman, Coe, was running against Sergey Bubka, the former Olympic pole vault champion from Ukraine, in the election in Beijing.
Coe won 115 votes from the voting member federations that make up the athletics’ governing body, with Bubka receiving 92.
The 58-year-old Coe succeeds Senegalese Lamine Diack, 82, who has led the IAAF for 16 years.
Ukraine’s former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka has been elected as one of four vice-presidents of the IAAF.
Bubka, 51, the president of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is joined by Cameroon's Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, Qatar's Dahlan Al Hamad and Cuba's Alberto Juantorena.
The other candidates to the post in the IAAF leadership were Bernard Amsalem (France), Isaiah Kiplagat (Kenya) and Abby Hoffman (Canada).