Sport/Event > Modern Pentathlon
Place of Birth > Yeovil, Somerset, UK
Height > 188cm
Weight > 80kg
Coached by > Philipp Waeffler
Course of Study > Degree in Sports Technology (graduated from University of Bath)
Sam retired from Modern Pentathlon in January 2014, after a career spanning over a decade saw him compete in two Olympic Games.
Sam made a piece of history in 2010 when he became the first British man to win an individual medal at a modern pentathlon European Championships.
Sam produced a terrific run/shoot to climb from seventh place to second and take the silver medal behind David Svoboda of the Czech Republic at Debrecen in Hungary.
In 2008 Sam and team-mate Nick Woodbridge became the first British men to qualify to represent Great Britain in an Olympic modern pentathlon since 1986. Sam’s 10th place finish was the best placing achieved since Graham Brookhouse’s eighth in 1992.
Sam also won his first World Cup medal in 2008, taking bronze on home soil at Millfield.
His best result of 2011 to date was an eighth place at the Hungary World Cup.
Despite being the highest placed British man in the world rankings, at 16th, he missed out on a place at the 2011 World Cup Final.
He has a degree in Sports Technology from the University of Bath and combined studying with training at Pentathlon GB’s High Performance Centre at the University.
He is an ambassador for the Wells Sports Foundation.
When not competing he enjoys surfing, photography and golf.
He also starred alongside actress Rita Tushingham and dancer Lorena Randi in Daria Martin’s 2005 film Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon, which was showcased at the Tate Modern.
Sam has an identical twin, Chris, who is a goalkeeper with League One side Shrewsbury Town.
Headline Result >
Silver – Individual – European Championships, Debrecen, Hungary – July 2010 (this was the first individual European Championship medal won by a GB man)
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