Chris Bartley /

Chris Bartley

Date of Birth

02 February 1984

Sport

Rowing

From

Wrexham

Twitter

@Chris_BartleyGB

Biography

Wrexham's Chris Bartley became the first Welsh competitor to win a medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In a closely contested final, Bartley and the lightweight four squad rowed home to a silver medal in front of a home crowd at Eton Dorney.

At the first World Cup of 2011 in Munich Chris won a bronze medal in the lightweight men's four with crewmates Richard Chambers, Paul Mattick and Rob Williams.

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, in an incredibly tight final, Chris - along with crewmates Richard Chambers, Paul Mattick and Rob Williams in the lightweight men's four - took gold by seven hundredths of a second.

For the 2010 World Cup Series, Chris raced in the lightweight men's four winning gold in Munich and Lucerne and silver in Bled. 

Chris started rowing at King's School, Chester, aged 14 and rowed for Great Britain in the Coupe de la Jeunesse as a junior.  He continued rowing at the University of Nottingham where he completed a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Biological Photography, graduating in 2006.  He then moved to Reading to train with the senior lightweight squad at Caversham. 

In 2005, his first season of U23 trialing, he stroked the lightweight men's quad to a silver medal in Amsterdam.  He was the World U23 Champion in the lightweight men's pair in 2006 with Richard Chambers, and in the same year went on to race in the senior lightweight pair at the World Rowing Championships finishing 6th.  In 2007 he won a bronze medal at the World Championships in the lightweight quadruple scull. 

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