Injured Rhys is forced out of world bid
Rhys McClenaghan blamed a shoulder injury as he made a disappointing exit at the World Championships in Doha.
The Newtownards man suffered two falls in qualifying and afterwards he admitted he had considered withdrawing from the competition.
"As a result I'd done maybe three full routines in training, as opposed to almost 100 routines before the Commonwealths and Europeans," said the 19-year-old.
"And to be honest, pulling out did cross my mind.
"I've been through a lot of tough things this year so I'm happy to come out with two major titles under my belt.
"Despite what happened here, I'll walk away from 2018 a very happy guy."
McClenaghan, who usurped Whitlock at both the Commonwealth Games and Europeans, said he will focus on securing qualification for Tokyo 2020.
The teenager finished with a score of 11.066 which will be nowhere near enough to earn a finals place.
Injury permitting, he will head to Cottbus in Germany early next month for the first of the individual World Cups with direct Olympic qualification at stake.