HURDLER Chan Sau-ying has the chance to put Hong Kong on the world athletics map today.
The territory's top female athlete lines up for the 100 metres hurdles heats with the aim of making tomorrow's final.
Chan is remembered for the tears she shed after finishing inches short of a bronze medal at the 1990 Asian Games.
But since then she has taken more than half a second off her best time. Her accomplishments this year include a series of wins at meetings in California, a third place at the East Asian Games in Shanghai, and a big victory at an invitational meeting in Japan.
Chan's win in Tokyo brought her time down to 13.27, one of the fastest in the world at that point in the season, and she ranks as one of the fastest collegiate hurdlers in the US.
She has spent the past year studying at Mount San Antonio College in southern California. Her academic results were good enough to attract attention from the University of Southern California, and next year she will aim to add her name to the distinguished list of USC athletes who have won the US collegiate championships.
Chan credits two men with transforming her career. Toni Campbell and Tony Li are both world-class hurdlers, and while Campbell is retired from top-level competition, Li is China's top male athlete and has an outside chance to earn a medal in Stuttgart.
Chan said: ''If I stay consistent I think I should have no problem making the [World Championships] semi-finals. After that, who knows?''