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Rhys McClenaghan makes history with World Championship bronze

History was made on Saturday evening as Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan became the first-ever Irish g...



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Rhys McClenaghan makes history with World Championship bronze

History was made on Saturday evening as Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan became the first-ever Irish gymnast to win a medal at a World Championships.

The 20-year-old Co. Down native claimed bronze in the Pommel Horse in Stuttgart.

McClenaghan had already booked his place on the plane to the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer earlier on in the week - where he will represent Team Ireland.

England's Max Whitlock won gold in the final.

That makes it a record-breaking three times for Whitlock, who is the current Olympic champion, to win the World title in this event.

McClenaghan pipped him at both last year's Commonwealth Games and European Championships and will be hoping to do the same next summer.

 

There are two elements to the scoring system – degree of difficulty and execution.

McClenaghan scored 6.4 for the difficulty and 9.0 for the execution which brought his total to 15.4; just behind Whitlock's 15.5.

McClenaghan was in the silver medal position after his routine but Taiwanese Lee Chai Kai subsequently pushed him into third place with a final score of 15.433.

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