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MC CLENAGHAN Rhys
Ireland
IRL
Title
Mr
Lastname
MC CLENAGHAN
Firstname
Rhys
Gender
male
Country
Ireland
Place of birth
Antrim
Year of birth
1999 (22 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Prince of the Pommel (fig-gymnastics.com, 26 Sep 2018)
Hobbies
Golf, spending time with family. (bbc.com, 21 Oct 2019)
Occupation
Athlete
Education
Sport Studies - Bangor SERC, Northern Ireland
Spoken languages
English
Coach
Luke Carson [personal], IRL, from 2014
International senior debut
2017 for Ireland, World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan (belfastlive.co.uk, 30 Mar 2017)
Injuries
He was affected by cartilage damage in his wrist during the 2021 European Championships in Basel, Switzerland. (irishexaminer.com, 01 Aug 2021)

A labral tear in his shoulder, which caused fluid to leak out from the joint and harden into a cyst, affected his preparation ahead of the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He underwent surgery on the injury in November of that year after the championships. (independent.ie, 29 Apr 2019; bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2018; fig-gymnastics.com, 26 Oct 2018)
Start sporting career
He took up gymnastics at age six at Rathgael Gymnastics Club in Bangor, Northern Ireland. (belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 27 May 2017)
Reason for taking up the sport
His mother encouraged him to try gymnastics as it complemented other sports he was already doing. "I was always climbing up on the rooftops, the highest tree that I could possibly find and my mum and dad would have liked me to channel that energy so they did bring me to a local gymnastics club." (punditarena.com, 29 Apr 2019; County Down Spectator YouTube channel, 03 May 2018; belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 27 May 2017)
Milestones
He became the first artistic gymnast representing Ireland to win a medal at the world championships when he won bronze on pommel horse at the 2019 edition in Stuttgart, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Apr 2020)

He became the first artistic gymnast representing Ireland to win a medal at the European championships when he claimed gold on pommel horse at the 2018 edition in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Sep 2018; bbc.co.uk, 12 Aug 2018)
Trainings
He trains for up to 30 hours a week. (bbc.com, 31 Jul 2021)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Gaining a qualification spot for the 2020 Olympic Games by making the final of the pommel horse at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. (independent.ie, 16 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
British gymnasts Max Whitlock and Louis Smith. (fig-gymnastics.com, 26 Sep 2018; bbc.co.uk, 08 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Luke Carson. (fig-gymnastics.com, 26 Sep 2018)
Philosophy / Motto
"I don't let outside pressures get to me. I know that when I put up my hand for my routine, I'm in the zone. I'm doing my routine, I'm doing my job, and I don't let anything else disturb that. It's back to my own mindset." (intlgymnast.com, 05 Dec 2018)
Awards
He was presented with a British Empire Medal [BEM] in the Queen's 2021 New Years Honours list. (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2020)

He was named the Raidio Teilifis Eireann [RTE] Young Sportsperson of the Year in 2018 and 2019. (bbc.com, 15 Dec 2019)

He was named Gymnastics Ireland's Gymnast of the Year in 2017 and 2018. (gymnasticsireland.com, 21 Nov 2018)
Additional information
General
COACH
He began training with coach Luke Carson in 2014, and says he spent the first six months under Carson re-learning all the basic skills. "I did resent it, but I knew it had to be done. Straight away I started to excel. It was a no-brainer that Luke was the coach for me. He has got me to where I am today [speaking in 2021] and I'm grateful." (independent.ie, 31 Jul 2021)

TURNING POINT
He says winning gold on the pommel horse at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, was when he proved he could compete with the elite in the sport. "It kind of all started at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where it was a first for Northern Ireland ever to win a medal or make a final of the Commonwealth Games. Even at that Commonwealth Games, when I stood on the podium, I just kept thinking about what this would do for the sport in the country, for younger gymnasts to see an 18-year-old beating the current Olympic champion [British gymnast Max Whitlock]. That's going to do something to their minds, that's going to inspire them and motivate them. People have said that to me throughout the past couple of years since I've been on the senior stage and that in itself means a huge amount. After winning Commonwealth Games, to win [2018] European Championships almost straight after that was just kind of to tell everybody I'm here for good, that wasn't it just wasn't a one off. I'm here for good." (olympics.com, 11 Apr 2021)

EARLY DAYS
He admits that sometimes he was teased for taking part in what is considered to be a traditionally female sport. "Everybody gets teased in school. But I never saw myself as a victim. Anything that's strange or different, people are going to poke at it. I never fell into that box of being bullied. I knew that one day I was going to go to world championships, hopefully one day to the Olympics. So I knew myself what my goals were and I wasn't going to let anybody talk me out of them or have peer pressure be involved. I did sacrifice a lot when I was at school. I didn't do 'boy things' where I'd go out and play football too often. I had to turn parties down and stuff." (the42.ie, 20 Oct 2019)

Last update : 2021-09-28

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.100
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.266
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
231
Score Qualif.
15.200 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.400
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.200

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
251
Score Qualif.
11.066 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
113
Score Qualif.
11.066

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
190
Score Qualif.
14.300 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.300
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.100

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup KOPER (SLO)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.450
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.050

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup ZHAOQING (CHN)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.600
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.650

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup MERSIN (TUR)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.150
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
13.850

2018 - FIG World Cup 2018 DOHA (QAT)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
33
Score Qualif.
12.400
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.333
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
12.600

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 OSIJEK (CRO)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.267
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.300

2017 - FIG World Cup 2017 AGF Trophy BAKU (AZE)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.966
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
12.400
Continental Championships

2021 - 9th European Individual Championships BASEL (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
119
Score Qualif.
14.766 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
5
Score Final
13.566
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.766

2018 - 33rd Senior European Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
137
Score Final
15.266 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.300
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.266

2016 - 32nd European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
13
Score Final
78.948 
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
78.197 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
39
Score Qualif.
13.433
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.566
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.066
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
99
Score Qualif.
11.466
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
12.900
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
57
Score Qualif.
12.366
Team
Rank Final
17
Score Final
229.151
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-