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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Belarus Axes Coach

MINSK, Belarus (Reuters) -- Belarus sacked coach Eduard Malofeyev on Tuesday 13 days after a 5-0 thrashing by Austria in a Euro 2004 Group 3 qualifier.

The Belorussian Soccer Federation's executive board unanimously voted to ax the 61-year-old former Soviet international after the humiliating defeat.

Malofeyev released a statement, saying that he "would accept any consequences after failing to provide the necessary results."

The loss in Innsbruck left Belarus bottom of the group with just three points from six matches.

Malofeyev had often clashed with leading players since taking over the national team in June 2000.

Twice, in October 2001 and in August the following year, the hard-line coach wanted to resign following defeats but was persuaded by BSF chiefs to stay on.

Malofeyev also briefly coached the Soviet national team in 1986 before being sacked on the eve of the World Cup finals in Mexico in favor of Dynamo Kiev's Valery Lobanovsky.

Feofanova Wins Vault

TRIKALA, Greece (Reuters) -- Russian pole vaulter Svetlana Feofanova failed to break the world record of 4.81 meters on Tuesday after attempting three times to cross 4.83 during an IAAF super grand prix meeting in central Greece.

But she convincingly won her event with a 4.70 clearance, beating her arch-rival and world record holder Stacy Dragila of the United States, who managed only joint fifth on 4.50.