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Rhys McClenaghan Wins Gold For Ireland At European Gymnastics Championships

Ireland have their first gymnastics medal at European level.

The feat came via Rhys McClenaghan of Newtownards, who claimed gold in the pommel horse event, which he had already made history in having been the first Irishman to qualify for the final alone.

The 19-year-old topped the eight-man field after a score of 15.300 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, seeing off the other medallists in Robert Seligman of Croatia and Saso Bertoncelj of Slovenia.

McClenaghan had already won gold earlier this year at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in the same event, this time representing Northern Ireland, beating the reigning world and Olympic champion Max Whitlock.

It’s an incredible achievement for an athlete that is still just a teenager.

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