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John Cann

Full name: John Cann
Gender: Male
Born: January 15, 1938 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Club Randwick-Kensington, Sydney (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

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Biography

John Cann competed in the 1956 Olympic decathlon when he was only 17-years-old. A sporting prodigy, Cann was 1952 Australian All-Schools U-14 Champion in the 100 and 220 yards, won the 1954 Australian Sub-Junior titles in the 100 and 440 yards, and was 1955 Australia Junior Champion at 220 yards. He also played three codes of rugby league for Tumbarumba.

Cann later became known as the Snake Man. His father, George Cann, Sr., had run snake shows in the Australian outback and John Cann continued the tradition. He ran snake shows in La Perouse, at the Snake Pit, for over 45 years, and also served as curator of reptiles at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.In 1992 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of services to the community.

Personal Best\: Dec – 6544 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Men's Decathlon Australia AUS 10

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) T(H) T(A) D P(1952T) P(1985T) H
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia Final Standings 10 6,278 6.550 6.567
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 100 metres 2T 948 830 847 10.9 11.06
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 100 metres Heat Two 1 948 830 847 10.9 11.06
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia Long jump 12 6.57 659 713
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia Shot put 12 12.18 598 617
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia High jump 12T 656 544 1.70
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 400 metres 3T 900 841 842 49.3 49.41
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 400 metres Heat Three 2 900 841 842 49.3 49.41
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 110 metre hurdles 7 673 751 750 15.6 15.85
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 110 metre hurdles Heat Two 2 673 751 750 15.6 15.85
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia Discus throw 9 38.76 592 639
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia Pole vault 14 226 286 2.70
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia Javelin throw 6 57.89 686 706
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 1,500 metres 6 340 623 4:49.2 4:49.31
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Athletics Australia 1,500 metres Heat Two 3 340 623 4:49.2 4:49.31
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