NI's McClenaghan fired up for final after setting pommel benchmark
Northern Ireland gymnast Rhys McClenaghan says his pommel horse routine in the qualifying round at the European Championships "couldn't have gone any better".
The 19-year-old from Newtownards scored a personal best 15.266, better than his Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning 15.100, and has the highest score of the first two qualifying divisions.
The score should see McClenaghan comfortably qualify for Sunday's final.
Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock and Russia's David Belyavskiy, the Euro champion, have their eyes on the prize.
"It couldn't have been more solid. The whole routine went so smoothly," said McClenaghan.
"It's going to be a tough final but I'm really looking forward to competing."
Whitlock and McClenaghan both finished with the same score at the Commonwealths in April but it was the County Down native that took gold thanks to better execution.
Meanwhile, County Antrim's Laura Wylie was last across the line in the women's triathlon.
The Dunadry ace finished in 33rd place behind Switzerland's Nicola Spirig, who took gold.