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McClenaghan wins Northern Ireland's first Commonwealth Gold

Rhys McClenaghan has won gymnastics gold for Northern Ireland in the men's pommel at the Commonwealth Games.

It is Northern Ireland's first gold medal of the competition.

England's Max Whitlock took the silver.

The reigning Olympic champion matched McClenaghan's score of 15.1 but the Antrim 18-year-old took the title because his routine had a greater execution level.

It was Northern Ireland's first medal of the Games, while silver was the second blow within an hour for Whitlock, who had previously made a series of mistakes in his floor routine to finish sixth.

“Max has been my idol growing up and I’ve been watching him since 2010 when he was competing in the Delhi Commonwealths,” Rhys told the BBC.

“I’ve always felt though that one day I could be up there with the best and beating them and this is a huge result for me.”

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