His bid to become one of the four vice presidents of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ended in ignominy after polling the least votes among the four candidates. Ukraine’s former Olympic pole vault champion was voted senior vice president after losing to Seb Coe for the top seat, along with Qatari Dahlan al-Hamad, Cameroon’s Hamad Kalkaba Malboum and Cuban Alberto Juantorena. Kiplagat (pictured) had attempted to prompt Kalkaba to step down from the race in his favour ahead of the elections but the Confederation of African Athletics boss declined the proposal. Abby Hoffman (Canada) and Bernard Amsalem (France) were the other candidates in the race. He also lost in his bid to retain his position in the IAAF Council, the world ruling body’s top most decision-making organ. Kiplagat ‘stepped aside’ as AK Chairman in May, saying he had taken leave to concentrate on campaign for IAAF Vice Presidency.