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Great Britain’s Lord Sebastian Coe has been re-elected as president of World Athletics for his third and final term. The election was held at the Budapest World Athletics Championships, World Athletics Congress.
The 66-year-old former 1500-metre world record holder and Olympic Gold Medallist earned 192 of 195 votes with three abstaining. That is a 98.5 per cent yes vote. The election took place on Thursday, August 17. in Hungary’s capital city, the site of the Budapest World Athletics Championships.
Sebastian Coe has been re-elected as World Athletics President at the 54th World Athletics Congress. pic.twitter.com/Tf3IHAaR5S— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) August 17, 2023
Coe thanked all the delegates who voted for him.
“We have a lot of unfinished work to do, let’s bring this baby home,” he said.
World Athletics’ senior vice-president Sergey Bubka managed the election. Bubka ran for the position in the past, however, stepped down from World Athletics after 22 years. He is Ukraine’s 1988 Olympic pole vault gold medallist and six-time world champion. They ran against each other in Beijing 2015 for the same position. Coe succeeded Lamine Diack from Senegal after his 16-year term.