Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan showed his recovery from shoulder surgery was complete with a silver medal in the Pommel-horse final at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Zhaoqing, China yesterday.
McClenaghan underwent shoulder surgery at the end of last year following on from a year to remember with Gold at the European Championships.
He showed that things were moving in the right direction when part of the announcement of Indeed’s partnership with the Olympic federation of Ireland last month.
Dan Sheridan of Inpho captured him in full flight and the performance yesterday showed that he is well on track to fulfil his undoubted potential.
McClenaghan is a genuine medal prospect at the Tokyo 2020 Games and has helped to inspire another surge in popularity for Gymnastics.
“It’s been a long road to recovery from shoulder surgery last year but with the support of the Sport Ireland Institute, particularly Physio Paul Carragher, and of-course including our National Coach Luke Carson and Performance Manager Sally Johnson, Rhys’ silver medal on Pommel Horse at the FIG World Cup in China is an excellent return to international competition by any standard,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.
It’s a Silver🥈! So happy to be back out doing my thing. This is a great opportunity to thank everybody who helped me recover from my shoulder surgery and get me back to medal winning form! Also thank you all for the support! Time to start bringing the 🥇 back 🔥❤️ pic.twitter.com/OQEq8m6JLI
— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) May 20, 2019