Rhys McClenaghan: Commonwealth and European champion out in Doha after falls

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Rhys McClenaghan says shoulder problem hampered his World Championships preparations

Ireland's European and Commonwealth pommel champion Rhys McClenaghan is out of the World Championships in Doha after two falls in qualifying.

The 19-year-old from Newtownards later revealed that a shoulder injury had hampered his event preparations.

"As a result I'd done maybe three full routines in training, as opposed to almost 100 routines before the Commonwealths and Europeans," he said.

"And to be honest pulling out did cross my mind."

However, McClenaghan added that he felt it "was important to come here and keep focused on Olympic qualification".

McClenaghan, who suffered the shoulder injury a week and a half ago, finished with a score of 11.066 which will be nowhere near enough to earn a finals place.

Despite his Doha disappointment, McClenaghan insisted that he remained happy with his 2018 campaign which saw him defeating Britain's Olympic champion Max Whitlock to win both the Commonwealth and European titles.

"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's year is not quite finished as he plans, injury permitting, to head to Cottbus in Germany early next month for the first of the individual World Cups with direct Olympic qualification at stake.

Whitlock later comfortably out-stripped his major rivals in qualifying as he scored a superb 14.966 and indicate he is ready to put a year of relative disappointment behind him.