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Former gold medalist wins IAAF vote

Coe ‘to clean up athletics’ after election to top post

Cord CoeOlympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe will be tasked with restoring the image of athletics after winning a four-year term as president of the governing body for track and field.

Lord Coe, 58, beat Ukraine pole vault champion Sergei Bubka in an election by members of the IAAF, winning by 115 votes to 92. He will replace Lamine Diack, who stood down after 16 years.

Coe, who was chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, described his election as better than his two gold medal winning performances and the second-most momentous event of his life after the birth of his children.

The IAAF election comes ahead of the world championships in Beijing but has been overshadowed by media reports that it has failed to act on evidence of widespread blood doping.

The IAAF last week denied it had tried to block publication of a study that showed the problem to be widespread.

But Lord Coe is taking a tougher stance and has proposed a fully independent anti-doping tribunal to deal with the allegations.

 

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