OLYMPIC champion Lee Lai-shan returned to competition for the first time after her exploits in Atlanta by showing her superiority in the third leg of the Zest Hong Kong Windsurfing Circuit in Tung Wan, Cheung Chau, yesterday. Competing in her home waters, San San finished first in the morning race and then second in the afternoon race to lead the third leg standings ahead of Ken Wong Hop-ki. Sam Wong Tak-sum is lying third overall after the first day's competition, which resumes this morning at the same venue. Up-and-coming young sailor Cheng Hing-lun is fifth overall in the leg. Lee and Ken Wong battled to the line in the opening races and are expected to do the same today. Lee said: 'It's nice to get back on the water and compete after Atlanta. 'I felt fresh and ready. I started training about three weeks ago so I was prepared. 'Our races were really close. I really had a battle with Ken in the first and second races. 'He pushed me very hard but it just goes to prove that the standard of windsurfing has risen in the territory and the competition here is very keen. 'I expect another close finish in [today's] races and no doubt I will have another battle on my hands with Ken, who is proving to be a really keen competitor.' Lee has never won the Hong Kong circuit but today she has a chance to finally end this lack of success. Competing in light to medium wind conditions, Lee clearly relished taking part in her first race since winning the gold medal in Atlanta almost eight weeks ago. She did not compete in the circuit's first two legs because she was busy training for Atlanta. She trails defending champion Nelson Tang, who is in fourth position after two races, but is still the overall circuit leader. Tang put himself in strong contention for the overall title after winning the second leg in Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun, last month. Wong is still in contention after finishing third overall after yesterday's races.