Rhys McClenaghan has missed out on a place in the men's pommel horse final at the European Championships in Munich.

The 23-year-old Down man, who won gold at this event in 2018, world bronze the following year and Commonwealth silver last month, scored 14.2 for his routine and finished ninth, with only the top eight qualifying.

McClenaghan retains a slim chance of competing on first reserve but he took to Twitter to say "Same mistakes today again. Time to reassess to get back to consistent world class gymnastics."

He later revealed his routine had not gone to plan: "In the middle of the routine, on the one-handle sequence, I had to improvise kind of a lot. That takes quite a lot of endurance out of my muscles.

"It was a little bit of a struggle from there. I had to focus to try and get from start to finish in that routine. There was another leg split in the routine, so again there was more room for the judges to deduct. I was happy I got through [it], but it wasn't my best gymnastics."

Commonwealth champion Joe Fraser was the top qualifier with 14.6 and the Englishman also won gold by taking the all-round competition on a score of 85.565.

Eamon Montgomery was 69th in the floor section, scoring 12.833 after an uncharacteristic fall on his second tumbling pass .

Dominick Cunningham was Ireland's highest placed all-rounder, coming in 25th of the 74 competitors with 79.53 in what his all-round debut. Daniel Fox finished 48th (76.231) and Ewan McAteer 55th (74.998).

Cunningham (27) said: "When you're starting to retire, you’re meant to ease off but I’m actually doing the opposite. It’s getting harder and I have started to enjoy gymnastics a lot more. We’re here with a team and I think we can get Gymnastics Ireland to grow."

Fox and Cunningham's performances secured their places at the World Championships in Liverpool later this year, which McClenaghan, Montgomert and Adam Steele had already qualified for.

The Irish team (L-R) National coach Luke Carson, Eamon Montgomery, Rhys McClenaghan, Dominick Cunningham, Ewan McAteer, Daniel Fox, physiotherapist Julianne Ryan and coach Conor McGovern

Great Britain also led the qualifiers for the team final as Ireland (top five scores) finished 19th out of 26 nations.