Tuesday 25 June 2019

McClenaghan crowns return with World gold

 

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

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Rhys McClenaghan saw off the entire field with an impressive score of 15.450 to claim gold in the pommel horse final at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Slovenia.

Saturday's medal was the second the 19-year-old has claimed since the Newtownards man's long recovery from shoulder surgery.

The county Down man had already secured a silver medal at the World Cup pommel final in China the week before.

"This gold is further evidence that Rhys is back to top form after his surgery last year and bodes very well for his preparations as we go into the World Championships in Stuttgart in October, one of the primary Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification events," Gymnastics Ireland chief executive Ciarán Gallagher said afterwards.

McClenaghan was crowned 2018 European Champion last August when he became the first Irish gymnast to win a senior European title.

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