Daniel Lee Chi-wo will face unknown quantities in two Kazakhstan opponents at Tai Mei Tuk tomorrow morning as he bids to win back-to-back Hong Kong International Triathlon titles. The SAR's 2001 winner aims to outswim, outride and outrun Timur Akhmeclov and Alexander Kudryavtev over the Olympic distance race - which features a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run - and emerge as the winner when he crosses the finish at the Plover Cove dam. 'I have no idea how strong they are. It's the first time triathletes from Kazakhstan will take part in our event,' said Lee, 25. 'But I reckon they won't be too strong as the top triathletes from their country will be competing in a World Cup event in Japan this weekend.' Apart from the two competitors from the former Soviet nation, Lee will face tough challenges from mainlanders Huang Jing and Yang Sheng, and Filipinos Ibnorijan Abdul and Chris Myles Aldeguer in the men's elite event. 'I heard Yang is a strong swimmer. If I get off to a good start in the swim leg, I'll have a good chance of taking the lead in the bike section as I'm familiar with the course, while most of the overseas triathletes will be racing here for the first time. I'm confident of winning,' Lee said. In the long term, Lee hopes to fulfil his Olympic dream. His target this year is to break into the world's top 50. Lee, who is ranked 58th, will get a direct entry to the Athens Olympics if he meets the top-50 cut-off mark in the summer of 2004. He will be in pursuit of world ranking points in an International Triathlon Union event in Tokyo in two weeks' time and November's World Championships in Cancun, Mexico. In the women's elite event, Hong Kong's Nicole Rayson and Jill Fung Wai-man will come up against mainlanders Wang Hongni and He Pu, while Kenneth Chow How-kai and Christine Bailey will lead the SAR's charge in the boys' under-23 and girls' under-23 categories, respectively. Up-and-coming SAR star Andrew Wright, younger brother of former swimming champion Michael Wright, is a title hope in the boys' junior event.