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Silver should be celebrated, but when it comes to Northern Ireland superstar Rhys McClenaghan there is a natural disappointment he didn’t strike gold

Steven Beacom


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Northern Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan competes in the Men's Pommel Horse Final at Arena Birmingham

Northern Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan competes in the Men's Pommel Horse Final at Arena Birmingham

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England's Joe Fraser (gold), Northern Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan (silver) and Canada’s Jayson Rampersad (bronze) after the pommel horse final

England's Joe Fraser (gold), Northern Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan (silver) and Canada’s Jayson Rampersad (bronze) after the pommel horse final

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Northern Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan competes in the Men's Pommel Horse Final at Arena Birmingham

For a country in which many of us struggle to do forward rolls, Northern Ireland should not really be disappointed when one of our gymnasts claims a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games, but then Rhys McClenaghan has set the bar high.

The world class performer from Newtownards came to Birmingham with one colour on his mind and belief that he would deliver gold again, just as he did on the Gold Coast in Australia four years ago, yet in what turned out to be a two-pommel horse race with Joe Fraser it was the Englishman who produced the knockout performance.


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