Rhys McClenaghan secured a second Commonwealth Games medal over the weekend adding silver in the Men’s Pommel competition to the Gold he won in Australia four years ago.

It is one of five medals that athletes from Northern Ireland have won across the Games which also feature a significant para-sport programme. The Games continue in Birmingham and at other venues across England for another week.

McClenaghan said after his medal-winning performance that it felt like a second win having had to fight to take part.

Three months ago the Commonwealth Games organisers told him he could not be included because he had competed for Ireland and not just Northern Ireland. As the reigning champion whose circumstances had not changed since the last Games where he won gold that was tough to take but he kept fighting as he trained and permission was finally granted.

Like any subjectively judged sport, it is won or lost on the finest of margins and one small error in his medal performance meant he dropped to Silver behind England’s Joe Fraser.

He will now travel to the European Championships in Munich later this month where he could be joined by Ewan McAteer and Eamon Montgomery who both also qualified for individual apparatus finals at the games.

The other medals to have come the way of Irish athletes so far have been a Silver for Chloe MacCombe in the Women’s Para Triathlon event and Bronze medals for Barry McClements in the S9 Backstroke event as well as Yasmin Javadian and Nathon Burns in Judo.