Tokyo 2020 - Get to know Rhys McClenaghan
8th July 2021, 11:42a.m. | National
Rhys McClenaghan – Men’s Artistic Gymnast
- Age: 21
- Birthplace: Co. Down, Northern Ireland
- Coach: Luke Carson
- Trains: National Gymnastics Training Centre (Sport Ireland Campus, Dublin).
- Pommel-horse specialist
Career Highlights: Gold at the 2018 European Championships and bronze at the 2019 World Championships on Pommel-Horse.
History maker Rhys is the most successful gymnast from Ireland to date.
He was crowned the 2018 European Champion on pommel-horse in Glasgow during his 1st year as senior then went on to become Ireland’s first medallist at a World Championships taking bronze on pommel at 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart. He was also the winner of the 2019 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup Series on Pommel-Horse for his multiple medals and outstanding performances on the circuit that year. He was subsequently named the RTE Young Sportsperson of The Year for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019.
Rhys McClenaghan and teammate Meg Ryan will represent Ireland at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The two gymnasts are among the first generation of gymnasts to come through the restructured Gymnastics Ireland High-Performance system now based at the Sport Ireland Campus. McClenaghan will be up first to compete on Pommel on Saturday 24th July, while Ryan will compete in the Women's All-Around event on Sunday 25th July. Further details on how to watch the games on RTE will be announced soon.
Best of luck in their final preparations before departure!