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Double dream: Rhys McClenaghan hopes to become the first Olympic and World champion in same year on pommel horse

Double dream: Rhys McClenaghan hopes to become the first Olympic and World champion in same year on pommel horse

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Rhys McClenaghan can now train at home after an extra room was added

Rhys McClenaghan can now train at home after an extra room was added

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Double dream: Rhys McClenaghan hopes to become the first Olympic and World champion in same year on pommel horse

Rhys McClenaghan has a fighting mentality. It should not come as a surprise then that during the first stages of lockdown earlier this year two iconic fighting men provided the world class gymnast with inspiration in a purpose built shed at his Newtownards home.

The world may have been shut down due to Covid-19 and maintaining a normal training regime was impossible, but there were still Olympic dreams to fulfil on the pommel horse, so 21-year-old Commonwealth Games and European champion Rhys and his dad Danny went to work.

And with a little help from the greatest boxer of them all, Muhammad Ali, and Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor, plus a reminder of the Games in Tokyo where he hopes to strike gold next year, the brilliant McClenaghan got down to business.


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