Wrexham-born Bartley is part of the Britain’s lightweight fours rowing team that finished a fraction behind South Africa at Eton Dorney on Thursday.
Bartley, with Rob Williams and brothers Richard and Peter Chambers were just a quarter of a second behind the new Olympic champions, with Denmark taking bronze.
The four made a late dash for the finish in a gripping finale, but ultimately came up just short.
“We always said we wanted a gold, a home gold would have been great,” said the 28-year-old.
“But to come away with a silver at a home Olympics, you are never going to get that chance again so we have to be proud of our performance.
“Of course gold is what you want and immediately afterwards I was so disappointed to be second best.
“But we are proud of what we have done. Now we are going to enjoy what the rest of the week holds.”
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