HONG KONG athletes could earn $80,000 for winning a gold medal at September's Asian Championships in Jakarta. In a new incentive scheme funded by the Hong Kong Sports Institute and sponsors Watson's Water, the territory's athletes will be able to win cash for good performances at the September 20-24 event. A silver medal will be worth $60,000 while bronze will earn the athlete $40,000. Another scheme, yet to be finalised, will allow athletes to earn cash for reaching certain standards in competitions from April 1 until the Asian Championships. Hurdler Chan Sau-ying stands the best medal chance. The US-based Chan was fifth at the Asian Games in Hiroshima last year, but is capable of claiming a place among Asia's top three. The Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association has yet to announce the Hong Kong team for the Championships, but Chan and distance runner Maggie Chan Man-yee are expected to be included. Athletics has been given a six-month trial by the Hong Kong Sports Institute to show it deserves long-term support and the Asian Championships will give athletes a good chance to prove their worth.