Rhys McClenaghan becomes Olympics social media star with ‘anti-sex’ beds tweet

Rhys Mcclenaghan Becomes Olympics Social Media Star With ‘Anti-Sex’ Beds Tweet
Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland celebrates after the Men's Pommel Horse Final at Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty
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Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan has become a social media star as he shares life at the Tokyo Olympics with his online followers.

The 21-year-old from Newtownards, Co Down has been growing his online profile at his debut Games by posting a series of popular tweets showing life inside the athletes' village.

McClenaghan posted a viral tweet on Sunday in which he energetically debunked media rumours concerning the so-called ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds.

McClenaghan was responding to reports that the beds had been made out of cardboard in order to prevent athletes having sex as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.

But Tokyo officials countered the claim by insisting they had been created out of cardboard purely because it ensured they were 100 per cent recyclable.


Rhys McClenaghan is one of Ireland's medal hopefuls in Tokyo. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA

Despite missing out on a medal on his return to competition at the European Championships earlier this year, McClenaghan remains one of the men to beat on the pommel in Tokyo.

British gymnast Max Whitlock is the reigning Olympic champion on the pommel and acknowledged McClenaghan’s status as a bona-fide threat to his dominance of the discipline.

Whitlock joked: “We are heading into the Village tomorrow (Tuesday) and we will see what the cardboard beds are like – I heard Rhys put something up there that was quite good.”

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