McClenaghan hits gold on the Gold Coast
8th April 2018, 00:00am | International
08th April 2018, Gold Cost, Australia; Irish Senior Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan won gold in the Pommel Horse final during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, hitting a score of 15.100, taking gold over double Olympic medallist Max Whitlock.
McClenaghan secured the first medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the achievement CEO of Gymnastics Ireland, Mr. Ciaran Gallagher said:
“'Fresh off the back of his 4th place finish at the World Cup in Doha this is a huge result for Rhys and his Coach Luke Carson at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, not only did Rhys strike gold but he achieved Northern Ireland's first ever medal for gymnastics at this event. This result is very encouraging for the next two majors on the international circuit with the European Championships in August & World Championships in October. My congratulations to Rhys and his family, coach Luke and the rest of Team Northern Ireland”
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the largest sporting event to be held in Australia this decade with more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations.
Full scores of the day can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2IT1gAw
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