Rhys McClenaghan created history this afternoon as he became the first Irish gymnast to medal at the World Championships after claiming a bronze medal in the pommel horse in Stuttgart.

McClenaghan, who booked a berth in the event at the 2020 Olympic Games by qualifying for the final earlier in the week, recorded a score of 15.400.

Britain's reigning Olympic and world champion Max Whitlock fell on the horse in the team final, and an early mistake in the individual final might have cost him, but the greater difficulty of his routine and a strong dismount won him a third consecutive title as he scored 15.500.

"It feels pretty amazing," McClenaghan said afterwards.

"That was a tough final, it was the best pommel final that I've ever seen and it was a privilege to be in.

"It phenomenal to be standing with a medal around my neck at the World Championships, and to be going to the Olympic games is something special."

Lee Chih-Kai of Taiwan was third with a routine which was awarded a score of 15.433.