Lord Coe says his election as President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is his greatest achievement to date in the sport.
Coe, the Chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) since 2012, beat former Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka by 115 votes to 92 this morning at the 50th IAAF Congress in Beijing and replaces current President Lamine Diack.
Coe tweeted after the vote: “Delighted and humbled by the confidence shown in me by the IAAF family - thank you, now the hard work begins.”
He added: "I am deeply honoured that our sport has placed its trust in me.
"It has been a long road. I joined an athletics club when I was 11, I had the joys of Olympic competition and the joys of being able to put on one of the greatest sporting events ever, but this is the pinnacle. It’s my sport, it’s my passion.
"Lamine has left us with an extraordinarily strong foundation and one aspect of that foundation is that we are a truly global sport. I will do my best to continue from those firm foundations.”
Double Olympic gold medallist Coe will be the sixth IAAF President and will take office on 31st August for an initial four year term.
The 58-year-old continues his rise through the athletics administration ranks, having joined as a Council member in 2003 before becoming vice-president in 2007.
During this period the former 800m, 1000m and mile world record holder also oversaw the London 2012 Olympic Games as Chairman of the Organising Committee.
Coe is actually the second Briton to become President of the IAAF and follows in the footsteps of Lord Burghley, who led the organisation from 1946-1976, and was also Chairman of the BOA at the time of his appointment.
BOA Chief Executive Bill Sweeney was one of the first to congratulate Coe on his election, thirty-four years to the day after he broke the world mile record in Zurich.
“On behalf of everyone at the British Olympic Association I’d like to congratulate Seb on his election as President of the IAAF,” said Sweeney.
“As one of the leading figures in global sports administration, a double Olympic gold medallist and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, there is no better man to lead the federation going forward and to oversee the changes I know he feels are vital for the future of the sport.
“We wish him luck in his new role. The sport of athletics could not be in better hands as we enter a crucial period leading up to an Olympic Games.”