The Decathlon is a battle of mind, body and spirit, carried out over two days between Track & Field warriors in a struggle for personal supremacy.
Two days, ten events. One goal.
More than just an athlete, Stephen Cain committed to the ancient event the Decathlon as his chosen sport when he was just a teenager, when there were many other sports on offer that most boys would popularly pursue including tennis and football that he excelled in.
At a very young age, with a very sport conscious family, Steve developed a love for sport and the outdoors. He commenced little athletics at the age of eight, and 21 years later was named on his first Commonwealth Games team bound for Glasgow in 2014.
The art of Decathlon, the ten event athletic challenge, quickly highlighted the many different disciplinary requirements which Steve thrived on as a perfectionist technician. Completing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University in 2006, Steve grew his knowledge of physics and related sport sciences to apply to his training and performance. Details for Steve Cain to present as a Key Note Speaker can be found here.
Representing Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014 has been a career highlight for Cain, finishing fifth overall.
Stephen balances his full time training with coaching the next generation of athletes in track & field. Details for Steve Cain Coaching can be found here.
Comprising of ten athletic track & field pursuits, with five events on the first day, and the remaining five on the second day, always in the following order:
Day 1: 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400m.
Day 2: 110m Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m.
The winner of the Decathlon is determined by the combined performance in all events. Each performance is judged on a pre-determined points system in each event, not by the position an individual achieves.
Traditionally, the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” has been given to the man who wins the Olympic Decathlon. The modern Decathlon first appeared on the Olympic Athletics Program at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm.
Unique to the Decathlon, all decathletes who finish the event, rather than just the winner or medalling Decathletes, do a lap of honour together after the competition and are also recognized during the medal ceremony.
- 5th Decathlon, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Scotland. 2014
- Australia’s leading decathlete for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
- Life Member of St Kevins College Athletics. 2012
- Life Member of St Kevins Amateur Athletics Club. 2013
- 1st Shot Put, 50th Anniversary International Invitational, Basel, Switzerland. 2013
- 2nd Athletic Quadrathlon, International Track Meet, Christchurch, New Zealand. 2013
- 3rd 110m Hurdles, New Caledonia International. 2012
- 2nd Athletic Triathlon, New Caledonia International. 2011
- 4th Decathlon IAAF Combined Event Challenge, Desenzano, Italy. 2011
- 7th Decathlon World Universiade, Shenzhen, China. 2011
- 10th Decathlon IAAF Combined Event Challenge, Kladno, Czech Republic. 2011
- 17th Decathlon IAAF Combined Event Challenge, Gotzis, Austria. 2011
- 11th Overall IAAF Combined Event Challenge, 2011
- 2 x Australian Decathlon Champion (2009’10)
- 5 x Victorian Decathlon Champion (2009’10’11’12’13)
- World Junior Ranking of 9 (2003)
- 3 x National U/20 Decathlon Record Holder (2001, 2002, 2003)
- 2 x National U/20 Decathlon Champion (2001 – 2002)
- 2 x National U/20 Pole Vault Champion (2001 – 2002)
- Victorian Athletic Captain – National Schools Champs, Hobart 2002
- Craig Mottram Award, Athlete of the meet – National Schools Champs, Hobart 2002
Overall PB – 7844 points
100m – 11.14s
Long Jump – 7.05m
Shot Put – 14.29m
High Jump – 2m
400m – 50.21s
110m Hurdles – 14.65s
Discus – 45.70m
Pole Vault – 5.00m
Javelin – 64.10m
1500m – 4:31:55