Irish Gymnast on Edge of World Glory

We may still be basking in the glow of the Grand Slam, recovering from the thrills of last puc goals at Croke Park and the Gaelic Grounds and recovering from Cheltenham but none of that mattered to Irish Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan who qualified yesterday for the final of the Pommel Horse at the Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

McClenaghan achieved 3rd place out of 40 rivals and will compete in the Pommel Final (top-8) this Friday the 23rd March at 1 pm Irish time.

There is no broadcast coverage of the event but Gymnastics Ireland are keeping the faithful updated through social media and who knows may even be able to do a Facebook live stream of the final performance this week.

Here is some grainy footage of his performance that earned a place in the final.

“Rhys McClenaghan is performing at a higher level than any Irish gymnast has competed at before,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher in a Leading Sport interview with Sport for Business last month.

“He is training here at the National Indoor Arena alongside and in full view of those that will follow him. That’s special and an important part of the pathway that young talented people can see.”

McClenaghan won Ireland’s first ever European Championship medal when taking silver in the same Pommel Horse event at the 2016 European Junior Championships and his is a talent that is sure to capture irish hearts over the coming years.

Team-mate Adam Steele came 12th on Pommel Horse, a great achievement for his first time World Cup outing. Both will compete in Parallel Bars qualifications today starting at 1 pm Irish time. Steele will also compete in High Bar qualification.

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