Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.
The 59-year-old German lawyer, former fencing Olympic gold medallist and IOC vice president was voted in at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires.
Bach replaces 71-year-old Belgian Jacques Rogge who had completed the maximum 12 year term in office.
After winning a majority of the votes in the second round of voting – Bach becomes the ninth IOC president in its 119-year history and eighth European in the most powerful job in sport.
He held off competition from Ukraine’s former world and Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka, Taiwan’s C:K Wu, Singaporean diplomat and businessman Ng Ser Miang, Puerto Rican banker and IOC financial commission chairman Richard Carrion and Swiss Denis Oswald.
Wu was eliminated in the first round of voting while Bach won the second round with a majority 49 votes from 93 available – Carrion came second with 29 votes.