By Gary Anderson

January 6 - Sam Weale has announced his retirement from modern pentathlon ©Getty ImagesBriton Sam Weale has called time on his career as a modern pentathlete after more than ten years competing at the highest level, which saw him appear at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 31-year-old began his career in 2000 and soon delivered on his potential by claiming bronze at the 2002 International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) European Junior Championships in Hungary.

A long injury lay-off meant that Weale missed out on qualification for Athens 2004 but in his first Olympic appearance in Beijing four years later, he finished in an impressive 10th place, the highest finish by a British male since Graham Brookhouse clinched the eighth spot at Barcelona 1992.

In 2008, he secured a World Cup bronze at Millfield in his home county of Somerset and just missed out on a medal at the World Championships in London a year later as he and partner Nick Woodbridge finished fourth in the team relay event.

However, in 2010, Weale, who completed a degree in Sports Technology at the University of Bath in 2005, etched his name into the history books after returning to the scene of his first major international triumph in Hungary in 2002.

He became the first British male pentathlete to win an individual medal at a European Championships as he took home the silver medal from Debrecen, which led to him being named the British Olympic Association (BOA) modern pentathlon Olympic Athlete of the Year for 2010.

In 2012, he finished in 13th place at the Olympic competition in London.

Sam Weale became the highest placed British male modern pentathlete at an Olympic Games since Graham Brookhouse at Barcelona 1992 ©Getty ImagesSam Weale became the highest placed British male modern pentathlete at an Olympic Games since Graham Brookhouse at Barcelona 1992 ©Getty Images

"I've had a fantastic career," said Weale, who's twin brother Chris is a goalkeeper for English League One side Shrewsbury Town. 

"The men's team is looking absolutely fantastic at the moment and it's nice to see the achievements of the men equalling those of the women.

"One of my biggest regrets is not winning a team medal, but hopefully there are a lot of team medals in the men's team now."

After his retirement from the sport, Weale, who was also an ambassador for the Wells Sports Foundation, is now concentrating on a career in education and works as a mathematics, science and sport teacher at Dulwich Prep School in London.

Pentathlon GB performance director Jan Bártů paid tribute to Weale saying: "To stay at a highly competitive level for over a decade in a sport like modern pentathlon deserves respect, especially given the physical and mental demands of the sport.

"Sam got some medals and a degree along the way."

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