Hong Kong's windsurfing queen Lee Lai-shan yesterday recalled her Athens tales and said her disqualification in a race at the Olympics was the biggest setback in her career. The city's only Olympic gold medallist was disqualified in race five at the Games and penalised after being accused of jumping the gun. She ended up coming fourth. Lee, popularly known as San San, sported a new haircut on her 34th birthday yesterday as she told of her upset on a Commercial Radio show. Her husband and assistant coach, Sam Wong Tak-sum, also took part. The programme hosts sang happy birthday to the athlete as the show began. San San said the setback was the hardest she had suffered during her career, with the subsequent unsuccessful appeal process taking up valuable rest time in the middle of the Games. 'When they told me I had jumped the start I couldn't believe it,' she recalled. 'I felt my start that day was the worst in my 11 races as I only started going after everyone else had gone.' San San said although she did not win an Olympic medal as a birthday present, the Athens Games, with less pressure and better preparations, were the most enjoyable of the four Olympics she had competed in. She won her gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. 'Even though the result was not perfect, I really enjoyed the races this time where I competed with close friends race after race,' she said. She also said she was touched by the warm reception she received when she returned from Athens, but whether she was aiming to take part at the 2008 Games in Beijing would depend on her physical shape and her family situation at the time.