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He’s back: Rhys McClenaghan secured a silver medal on his return to action in China
He’s back: Rhys McClenaghan secured a silver medal on his return to action in China
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Newtownards gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has taken the silver medal at the FIG World Challenge Cup on his return to competitive action following shoulder surgery.

Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games gold medal hero's hopes of winning the world title last year were ended by injury when he toppled from the pommel midway through qualifying for the World Championship in October.

He underwent surgery and, on his return to competitive action, made an immediate return to the podium with a score of 14.600 to take the silver medal on the pommel-horse in China.

"So happy to be back out doing my thing," he tweeted.

"This is a great opportunity to thank everybody who helped me recover from my shoulder surgery and get me back to medal winning form!

"Also thank you all for the support! Time to start bringing the (gold medal) back."️

McClenaghan added gold at last year's European Championships in Glasgow to his Commonwealth success and had been hoping to complete a title treble at the World Championships in Doha.

The 19-year-old missed out on this year's European Championships, which were held in April, but will be aiming to make amends for last year's injury set-back at the World Championships in Stuttgart.

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