San San aims for better world

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 February, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 February, 2000, 12:00am

A well-prepared Lee Lai-shan is determined to bounce back from her worst World Championship result by returning to the top of the podium when the IMCO World Championships get under way in Mar del Plata, Argentina, today.

The Olympic champion is desperate to put behind the nightmare memory of the last championships in France, where she finished in a disappointing 15th place.

San San, finally able to concentrate on full-time training again after she graduated from her sports degree studies late last year, showed she was back to her normal form when she easily won the South American Championship at the same venue last month.

Now she hopes to go even better at the worlds after having trained at the venue in the past four weeks.

National coach Rene Appel realises the advantages San San has had over her rivals and is confident she can win her third world title following her successes in 1993 and 1997.

'San San obviously would want to win the title here,' Appel said from Argentina.

'We have had some good training and I'm glad we came early.

'Only a few of the top girls have been here early, and I feel this will be a distinct advantage to San San,' he added.

'San San has improved her speed drastically since the last competition in Sydney (in September) and I'm expecting her to do very well here.' The Argentina competition is also crucial for Sam Wong Tak-sum, San San's husband, and world junior champion Ho Chi-ho as it will be the last chance for them to qualify for the Sydney Olympics.