Rhys McClenaghan made Saturday a historic day for Ireland and the sport of gymnastics as he secured the first ever World Championships medal for the country on pommel horse today at the apparatus finals in Stuttgart with a huge score of 15.400.
The 20-year-old Irish gymnast has achieved a huge amount in his second year as senior, with this bronze medal at the World Championships also securing a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“An unreal result and again history made by Rhys McClenaghan who cemented his position as a global gymnastics star this superb world bronze,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.
“Faultless preparation led by our National Coach Luke Carson and Performance Manager Sally Johnson, support by our Physio Julianne Ryan made this result possible in what was a real team effort to secure this podium finish. ”
“Thank you to Mathew O’Connor and all the GI team and thank you to our partners Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute and the Olympic Federation of Ireland in helping Rhys deliver this amazing result.”
Sally Johnson, Performance and Technical Manager of Gymnastics Ireland added “This was a very special day for Rhys and Luke. I would like to thank the team that supported us to get here from the Sport Ireland Institute Paul Carragher and
Julianne Ryan who were instrumental in Rhys’ return to fitness from surgery. Thank you to Mathew O’Connor and the GI team. It’s been a long road for the GI performance system and I couldn’t be more proud of Rhys, Luke and our team.”
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