Hong Kong welcomed its newest world-beater home when Chan Kwok-ming, 20, returned to the territory from South Africa as World Amateur Under-21 Snooker Champion. The territory's list of world champions is growing. It includes windsurfer Lee Lai-shan and wu shu exponents Leung Yat-ho and Ng Siu-ching. But Chan is not only the newest member of the exalted company - he is also the youngest. Chan is the first Hong Kong snooker player to win the title. His success comes soon after San San's victory at the Atlanta Olympics and wheelchair fencer Ben Cheung's four gold medals at the Paralympics. It was also the most notable achievement for a Hong Kong snooker player since Frankie Chan Wai-ming made an impact on the world professional circuit in the late 1980s. Frankie Chan was well on his way to becoming a top professional after making Blackpool in England his home. He reached the quarter-finals of the World Amateur Championships and was a finalist at the Asian Championships before deciding to turn professional. He notched a number of impressive wins, including a triumph over Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White, one of the sport's greatest players. But he decided to hang up his cue after his game mysteriously went 'downhill' a few years ago, cutting a promising career short. Chan Kwok-ming won the world under-21 title at the third attempt, after competing in 1993 and 1994. He was awarded $2,500 cash and a gold plate worth $5,000. Chan said it was his defensive strokes which stood him in good stead at the tournament. 'Most of my opponents were younger than me, mainly between 15 and 16, and they lacked good defensive play, which is essential in snooker. They were good potters but their game was not complete,' he said. 'I don't know whether this will prompt me to turn professional . . . I will train hard because I want to do well in November's World Amateur Championships.'