It was a case of lightning striking twice for Lee Lai-shan at the European Championships in the Spanish port of Cadiz. A collision with a French sailor on Friday had seen San San kiss the title goodbye and take a tumble down the rankings. Yesterday, the Olympic champion had her second collision in as many days when her board was hit by another sailor in the first race. San San was unable to complete the race due to a damaged sail. However, the resilient 29-year-old star did not let the frustration get to her, mounting a strong comeback to finish second in both of the day's remaining races. The classy performance together with a successful protest over the incident in the first race lifted her back into third place overall behind runaway leader Barbara Kendall from New Zealand and second-placed Alessandra Sensini of Italy. National coach Rene Appel said: 'San San got hit by a Dutch sailor whose board went straight through her sail. 'She had to return to shore to rig up a new sail and she managed to return to the course area with five minutes to spare for the start of the next race. 'After returning ashore her request for redress was accepted by the jury and she was awarded average points for the first race.' With only one penalty point more than Sensini, San San is determined to finish second overall after the final race today. Kendall, an Olympic champion at the Barcelona Games and a silver medallist at the Atlanta Olympics, is on the verge of claiming her second straight victory after she pipped San San for the title on the final day of last month's Sail Sydney Regatta. 'Kendall has been dominating most of the races so far. She has got incredible speed, sails very consistently and makes few mistakes,' Appel said. In the men's fleet, former world junior champion Ho Chi-ho continued to struggle in the stronger winds. He is ranked 35th overall following his 38-36-39 finishes. The SAR's other teenage sailor, Chan King-yin, is placed fifth overall in the junior category.