Everything is going according to plan for Daniel Lee Chi-wo, who finished this year right on target of becoming the first Hong Kong triathlete to qualify for the Olympic Games. Athens in August is a reality for Lee, who yesterday claimed that 2003 was his 'best season ever'. 'I'm very happy at my performances this year. It has been my best year so far as I'm currently within Olympic qualifying standards. I also feel I can do better next year. My chances of taking part in the Olympics are looking good,' said Lee. 'This is the first time that I have scored in six ITU races in a year. My rankings have improved and although I did not do all that well in the last two races this year, I'm still very happy with my achievements,' Lee said. Lee returned from Queenstown, New Zealand, on Tuesday, having taken part in the World Championship last weekend. He finished 56th, 13 minutes behind winner Peter Robertson of Australia. But the result has not really affected Lee's Olympic hopes. He took part in New Zealand to gain the experience of competing against the world's best. Hong Kong's number one triathlete is presently ranked 45 in the Olympic qualifying list. The top 50 athletes qualify. The problem with triathlon is that the final qualification list will only be known in May, next year, after the World Championships in Madeira, Spain. Until then competitors can move up and down the list. Hong Kong's leading female triathlete Claire Murray, however, has her work cut out. She is presently in 62nd position on the Olympic qualifying list and ranked 130 in the world. To take part in the Olympics, one also has to be amongst the top 125 triathletes in the world. While Lee is inside the Olympic qualifying mark, the aim now for Hong Kong Triathlon is to see that he remains qualified when the cut-off date arrives in May. 'He has had an outstanding year. He will have a three week rest before starting training again,' said Ruth Hunt, the Hong Kong coach. 'His key race next year will be the Asian Championships in the Philippines on April 4. This will be followed a week later by the World Cup in Ishigaki, Japan.' Lee, who finished second at this year's Asian Championships held in Hong Kong, will need a top three finish next April to cement his position. According to Hunt, he has the luxury of taking a longer break than Murray and also taking part in fewer races. 'Claire needs to win points in all three ITU races she is entered for - beginning in January in Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Claire presently had 660 points while the girl who is ranked 50th at the moment has 1,389 points. Claire is under pressure as she has to start winning points. But it is not an impossible task,' said Hunt. Murray will also take part in the Asian Championships and the Madeira World Championship next year. But by then, she will know if she still has a chance of joining Lee on the journey to the Olympic Games in Athens.