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In an absolute surprise to no one, Lord Sebastian Coe was voted in today as the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

He succeeds Lamine Diack and won over Sergey Bubka.

Coe has his work cut out for him, as he takes the position during the most troubling era in history of the sport of athletics.

Much of the trouble is centered around massive doping issues.

From the IAAF:

Sebastian Coe was elected as the sixth IAAF President at the 50th IAAF Congress in Beijing, China, on Wednesday (19).

The voting was as follows (207 Member Federations cast their votes):

Sebastian Coe 115 votes, Sergey Bubka 92 votes.

“I am deeply honoured that our sport has placed its trust in me. There is no job I want to do more – nor with greater commitment,” said Coe.

Among the first to congratulate Sebastian Coe were the current IAAF President Lamine Diack and Sergey Bubka, who was later elected as an IAAF Vice President.

“We have a man who has devoted his life to the sport.” commented President Diack.

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