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Northern Ireland should have brought home two Commonwealth golds, says Rhys McClenaghan


By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games stars lapped up a heroes' welcome in Belfast yesterday after they returned from the Gold Coast.

The squad arrived home with a haul of 12 medals, their best tally in a Games held outside of the UK, led by their only gold medal winner, gymnast Rhys McClenaghan.

Having completed their mammoth round-trip from Australia, the athletes were met by friends and family at the Dub on the Malone Road.

But McClenaghan believed there should have been another gold returning with the team with boxer Michaela Walsh, who was controversially denied the top prize.

"I saw her fight and she definitely deserved that gold medal," McClenaghan said.

Gymnast McClenaghan added: "It's such a nice welcome, I couldn't be more proud to be Northern Irish."

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