Saturday 19 October 2019

McClenaghan books ticket for Tokyo

Rhys McClenaghan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Rhys McClenaghan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Sportdesk

Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has sealed his place at the 2020 Olympic Games by qualifying for the final of the pommel horse at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 20-year-old McClenaghan finished second in the qualifiers behind Great Britain's Max Whitlock to reach Saturday's final and confirm his place in Tokyo.

The Newtownards man (pictured)became the first Irish athlete to reach a World Championship final with his performance, scoring 15.200 in the qualifiers, just 0.066 behind rival Whitlock.

"I'm going to the Olympic Games!!! A dream come true," tweeted McClenaghan.

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