Already the most successful Irish gymnast ever, Rhys won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland and won Ireland’s first medal at the gymnastics world championships when he brought back bronze from Stuttgart in 2019.
He is now eyeing up gold at Paris in 2024.
“This has been a long time coming,” he said after his win.
“It has been a difficult year but I’m glad I could finish it off with my greatest achievement ever.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed of for many years. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport and to be world champion makes it all worthwhile.
“It just proves to myself and many others I’m still capable of going there and winning Olympic gold, which is a very exciting thought.
“I know I can perform under this immense pressure and I can do the same in Paris.”