Lord Coe has won his greatest ever race by bringing the 2012 Olympics to London.
He may have won two Olympic gold medals and smashed 12 world records, but Coe's achievement in leading London to a stunning victory eclipses them all. His jubilation is understandable as it is his leadership which has been pivotal in helping London claim sport's biggest prize.
For so long the London bid was regarded as way off the pace and when the five candidate cities were originally shortlisted, London was rated third behind Paris and Madrid. And Paris was universally regarded as such strong favourites that the contest was seen as effectively over.
But with the exquisite timing that he showed so often in an illustrious career, Coe helped London produce the late charge which saw them pip their French rivals.
He joined London's team as one of three vice-chairmen two years ago but by May last year he was in charge - taking over from American businesswoman Barbara Cassani.
His CV was perfect for the job, not only did he have the medals and the profile but his contacts and detailed knowledge of sporting politics gave him massive influence with those who would decide London's fate. And with quiet determination and steely resolve, Coe began to turn the fortunes of London's bid around.
Emphasis was made on the legacy of the Games for London and Britain as well as trying to address concerns over the capital's transport system. The use of stars such as Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham and Matthew Pinsent gave the bid an air of authority that was hard to ignore.
With sporting figures, politicians and the public lending support, the IOC's evaluation commission gave a glowing report after their visit to London in February and the race was well and truly on.
Coe travelled tirelessly and by the time the world's focus turned to Singapore for the crucial vote on Wednesday, the London bid had incredible momentum.
But Coe saved his finest masterstroke for the closing moments of the campaign when he delivered a very personal speech to IOC delegates during London's final presentation in Singapore. His speech, in the final moments of an incredibly close battle, turned the race in London's favour.
Coe left such an indelible mark on the London bid that IOC president Jacques Rogge paid tribute to him following the vote announcement.
"I met Seb for the first time on the steps of the Olympic restaurant in Moscow in 1980 when he had won gold. Someone introduced us and we could not have believed at that time, that we would be signing the host country contract," he said.
Before the result was announced Coe had said that: "If we win I'll carry the flame home, if we lose I'll carry the can."
So many times in his athletics career he was on the shoulders of his rivals on the final bend before producing his trademark kick for home to claim victory.
And he did just that in Singapore to claim Olympic glory for Britain once again.