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TEENAGER Rhys McClenaghan, the rising star of Irish gymnastics, added his first national senior All -Around title to his growing honours on Saturday.
McClenaghan, still only 17, won European junior bronze on the pommel last year and the young Bangor star, who competes for Rathgael GC, proved himself the country’s best allround artistic gymnast at the elite National Championships in the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin.
A mark of 14.65 on his speciality pommel and strong performances on vault and floor put him three points clear of Adam Steele of Douglas GC (Cork) and his Rathgeal teammate Ewan McAteer took bronze.
Rathgeal’s Meaghan Smith became the new Irish senior women’s All-Aound champion but won gold by just .6 of a point from Tara Donnelly of DPGC, whose sister Chloe took bronze.
Two Douglas GC athletes – Jaydon Attygalle and Meg Ryan – won the national junior All-Around titles and Blathaid Higgins of Renmore (Galway) is the new Irish minor All-Around champion.
Irish National Championships – All-Around Competition
Senior Men – 1 R McClenaghan (Rathgael) 79.75 pts, 2 A Steele (Douglas) 76.682, 3 E McAteer (Rathgael) 70.783.
Junior – 1 J Attygalle (Douglas) 63.983, 2 K Hilton (Rathgael) 63.100, 3 P Lowe (Phoenix) 60.700.
Senior – 1 M Smith (Rathgael) 47.561, 2 T Donnelly (DP) 46.964, 3 C Donnelly (DP) 45.300.
Junior – 1 M Ryan (Douglas) 50.327, 2 E Slevin (Renmore) 47.914, 3 K Molloy (Renmore) 46.617.
Minor – 1 B Higgins (Renmore) 43.948, 2 L Ly (Salto) 41.344, 3 A Corbett (Salto) 41.201.