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Injured Rhys is forced out of world bid


Rhys McClenaghan
Rhys McClenaghan

By Graham Luney

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.

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