'How do you get your legs over as easily as possible?' This was the burning question Hong Kong's 110-metres hurdles champion Tang Hon-sing asked Colin Jackson yesterday. The British world champion and record holder replied: 'Keep yourself as relaxed as you can and take it slowly when going over.' The worldly advice is something which Tang will cherish for the rest of his career as a hurdler. And maybe it was just imagination, but by the end of a brief 10-minute spell of running in the footsteps of Jackson at the Sha Tin Sports Institute, it seemed as if Tang had grown in stature and confidence. The British champion, in town for a promotional stint with watchmakers TAG Heuer, took time off a busy schedule to visit the SAR's centre for sporting excellence yesterday and run a brief clinic for its hurdlers. Among the crowd - more media than athletes - waiting for Jackson's arrival was Tang, Hong Kong's top hurdler who holds the local record of 14.62 seconds. He wanted to get some tips from the man who holds the world's top time, 12.91 seconds, in this discipline. 'Take your time, find a rhythm and take it nice and slow,' Jackson told Tang, as the pair did a series of runs down the Sha Tin track. There were only five hurdles placed for the almost ceremonial running of the champion. And even if it was only half the distance, Jackson looked as sleek as a thoroughbred. In his wake ran Tang. At his first attempt, the 22-year-old Sports Institute scholarship holder clipped four of the five hurdles. A quiet word from Jackson and Tang seemed to grow in confidence. His next four runs were better. He glided over the obstacles. Not as fast or as smoothly as Jackson, but still good enough to earn a bow from the jovial Welshman. 'A few more years of practice and you should be a lot better,' laughed Jackson. Tang smiled in pleasure. 'You don't become a champion overnight. It is a long process to reach the top. The important thing is to take your time and not to rush things,' said Jackson afterwards as he was mobbed by fans asking him to sign all sorts of things from hats to the covers on their mobile telephones. He added: 'When I came here, I saw there was a lot of enthusiasm around. As long as you have enthusiasm, you can succeed.' Jackson, 32, has found success. He established the world record in 1993. And he showed his longevity in the sport by being crowned world champion in Seville, Spain, this year. But he has one more hurdle to clear - a gold medal at the Olympics. He has taken part in three Olympic Games. But the closest he has come was a silver at the 1988 Seoul Games. Last time in Atlanta, he finished fourth. 'Next year will be my last chance to win a gold medal. And I think I can do it because I'm in top form and running well now,' said Jackson. Tang, and everyone else at the Sha Tin Institute yesterday, can vouch for that.