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Bartley forced to settle for silver

Chris Bartley (front) missed out on Olympic gold Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/PA Images

Wrexham's Chris Bartley has missed out on the chance to win Wales first gold medal of the London Olympics after his lightweight four were pipped to the finish by just a quarter of a second.

The 28 year old and his team mates had looked every bit worthy of Olympic gold in the regatta's earlier rounds, but were forced to fight from the start as Denmark stretched an early 3/4 length lead.

Bartley's crew had qualified as the fastest boat at the semi final stage but were unable to match that form in the grand finale.

At the half way stage they had almost a length to claw back on the Danes, as Australia threatened to join the gold medal push.

As the race reached the final 1500 metre mark Bartley led a massive push which put GB within inches of the lead.

The British effort was enough to see them pass the Danes and hold off the Australians, but a phenomenal final 500m from South Africa, the crew who had spent the previous 1500m languishing in fourth, meant Bartley and his crew were forced to settle for silver.

The result will come as a bitter disappointment for the Leander man, but with a performance such as that witnessed from the South Africans, he can take some comfort in the knowledge that silver was a brilliant effort.

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