Chan Wai-kei proved there will be life after Lee Lai-shan when Hong Kong's number two windsurfer earned the SAR an Olympic ticket at the World Championships in Thailand. Chan, 21, is widely regarded as the woman most likely to succeed Hong Kong's 1996 Olympic heroine, San San, and she lived up to that billing in Pattaya at the weekend. Chan rose to the task of winning an Olympic berth for Hong Kong after San San pulled out of the World Championships because of a recurring stomach problem. But Chan may yet have to surrender the berth for the 2004 Athens Games to San San as it is credited to Hong Kong rather than to the individual. 'I'm happy to have qualified for Hong Kong, although it has to be decided if San San or me will be picked for Athens,' said Chan, who finished 13th overall at the Pattaya event, won by 1992 Olympic champion Barbara Kendall of New Zealand. 'I'll do my best to challenge San San for the right to represent Hong Kong in Athens. San San is a great athlete, but I won't give up fighting,' added Chan, the bronze medallist at the 1998 World Junior Championships. San San, 32, will make a decision on whether to retire or continue representing Hong Kong after her health problems have been resolved. She has undergone a series of tests. Hong Kong coach Rene Appel had plenty of praise for Chan, but said everything hinged on San San's decision. 'I knew Wai-kei had the ability to win an Olympic ticket for Hong Kong,' the Dutchman said. 'The day San San retires will come sooner or later and somebody has to step in. If San San decides to continue, we will organise a series of selection trials starting next year,' he said. 'It's still early to talk about life without San San because she would have been in title contention if she was in top form,' Appel said. Chan finished 13th in Pattaya, where 10 Olympic tickets were on offer. But each nation could win only one berth and with at least four French competitors in the top 10, Chan was 'promoted' to ninth. Having improved six places from 19th overall in last year's World Championships, Chan now targets a top-10 finish in next year's Worlds in Cadiz, Spain, in September. 'I'm happy with my performance in Pattaya and I am confident of finishing in the top 10 next time,' Chan said. Hong Kong's men's team, comprising Chan King-yin, Cheng Kwok-fai and Ho Chi-ho, will have two more chances to qualify for the Olympics - at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships - following their failed bids to win any of the 12 places on offer in Pattaya. Cheng was the best performer, finishing 30th.