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On February 26-27 the Victorian Combined Events Championship was held within the serenity of the Albert Park track. This Championship attracted  a number of leading Australian decathletes including last year National Champion Jarrod Sims (SA), and overseas athletes; Martin Brockman (UK), the Commonwealth Games bronze medal holder, and Scott McLaren ( NZ)
 
For two days, fighting a strong opposition, hot weather of 39 degrees and swelling winds, 'E & J Athletics' Academy decathlete Stephen Cain produced the performance of his life, with a personal best of 7844 points. The start was promising : Stephen ran 100m in 11.23, which was a time he had not run for 10 years. His Long Jump was 6.69m, and as he continued on a very successful day he finished the afternoon with Shot Put -13.90 m, High Jump -1.97 m and 400m-50.50 sec. But the best was yet to come. The Second day was outstanding: Stephen easily won 110 H in !4.80 sec., came 2nd  in discus with a throw of 43.99 m (PB), won Pole Vault - 4.80 m, Javelin - 64.10 m (PB) and came second in the 1500 m- with 4:31.55 sec. Stephen laid a strong foundation in chasing  Olympic Qualifier of 7950 points "B" and  8200 points "A"

I would like to mention other Academy decathlete James Spry . He competed well on the first day, finishing in the middle of the field. The next, during warm up for hurdles, he pulled his hamstring but he showed real courage, finishing decathlon on one leg.

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Brilliant article on Stephen Cain from The Age January 29 2012 {click here}

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'E & J Athletics' Academy decathlete, dual National champion Stephen Cain competed in Italy in IAAF Grand Prix. In his first international competition he finished 4th with personal best of 7711 points.
 
Based on this performance he was selected to compete in the most prestigious Combined Events Grand  Prix in Gotzis (Austria)
It also qualifies Stephen to represent Australia in the World Universities Games which will be held in China in August.

{Check out Steve's personal notes from Kladno here}

{Check out Steve's personal notes from Gotzis here}

{Check out Steve's personal notes from Italy here}

 

The World University Games (summer) are held every 2 years with the next being held in Shenzhen, China in August 2011.
 
There are 12 core sports that must be included in the Games programme (men’s and women’s unless stated) and up to three guest sports:

•  Association Football •  Athletics •  Basketball •  Diving
•  Fencing •  Gymnastics (Artistic & Rhythmic) •  Judo
•  Swimming •  Table Tennis  •  Tennis •  Volleyball
•  Water Polo (Men’s)

The 26th Summer Universiade was attributed to the city of Shenzhen at the FISU Executive Committee meeting prior to the 2007 Winter Universiade in Torino. After Beijing in 2001 (summer) and Harbin in 2009 (winter), the Universaide will once more return to China as the city of Shenzhen was successful in its bid for the 2011 Summer Universiade. On the southern tip of China, on the Hong-Kong border, Shenzhen has been the fastest growing Chinese city for the last thirty years. The population of 13 million occupies an area of 2020 sqkm. Shenzhen’s strategic location is a great advantage for business and trade. Its many industries benefit from a very dense transport network and considerable investment interest. The high technology sector has rapidly become the driver of the local economy. Trade with Hong-Kong is another of Shenzhen’s main resources. The two cities have concluded a favoured partner agreement.