Out-of-touch Lee finds going tough
Lee Lai-shan, beset by an ankle injury and out of practice, finished eighth and 10th in her two races on the fourth day of the Pre-Olympic Regatta in Sydney yesterday.
The Olympic and Asian Games champion has not been able to sail to her full potential after not racing since May due to her studies, and an ankle sprain has simply made matters worse.
Despite yesterday's poor finishes, by her standards, she remains fifth overall, but the gap between her and the top four-ranked sailors has widened.
Barcelona Olympic champion Barbara Kendall of New Zealand maintains her dominance, with Australia's Jessica Crisp hot on her heels in second place.
San San had a good start in race seven, only to see the field called back for a re-start.
In the re-start, she was positioned well, but was unable to match her rivals' speed. She ended up 10th - her worst finish so far.
Hong Kong coach Rene Appel said San San had taken a gamble in race eight.
'She decided to start near the pin end of the starting line as she has slight problems with her boardspeed,' Appel said.
But Lee found herself away from the stronger winds and she finished eighth.
World junior champion Ho Chi-ho was also struggling in the men's fleet, registering 27th and 32nd in yesterday's two races and dropping a place to 27th in the overall rankings.
Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow, with today being a rest day.