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Irish teen gymnast Rhys McClenaghan qualifies in first place for European final

McClenaghan, 19, will have a chance to add another pommel horse medal to his growing collection.

McClenaghan: "I'm pumped" (file photo).
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IRELAND’S RHYS MCCLENAGHAN produced a brilliant personal best to qualify for the European Championship pommel horse final with the top overall score.

McClenaghan, 19, now looks set for another showdown on Sunday with the reigning world and Olympic champion Max Whitlock — the man whom he sensationally beat to gold at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

“I’m pumped, I’m excited,” the County Down youngster said.

“I haven’t been in a European final at senior level before so I’m looking forward to making history for Ireland.”

McClenaghan scored 15.266 to take the first of eight spots in Sunday’s final in Glasgow –  scoring 8.766 for execution on a 6.5 difficulty routine.

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