HONG KONG gymnasts have returned to the territory with a haul of medals won at an invitation tournament in China - their best performance on record. Competing against teams from Thailand, Russia, Guizhou, Szechuan and Yunnan Province, the six-member Hong Kong team - all scholarship holders of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKS) - collected three silver and three bronzes medals at the Daili international invitation tournament held in Yunnan Province. In the boys' events, Wong Kim-fai showed that he has come on in leaps and bounds, by finishing the tournament with one silver and a bronze medal in the floor exercise and pommel horse respectively. Teammate Lee Tak-ming picked up another bronze on the horizontal bars. Hong Kong's Nicola Waite was the surprise package from the territory as she excelled in the women's competition. She also took home two medals - a silver in the floor exercise and a bronze on the uneven bars. Her teammate, Wong Ka-li, was second on the vault. HKSI head gymnastics coach, Jim Wilson, said the territory's results had come as a timely boost before the two major Games later this year. ''The tournament was part of our preparations for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. ''The standard of the tournament was very high especially with the participation of Russian and Chinese gymnasts,'' said Wilson. ''After flying from Hong Kong to Kunming, we had to travel by bus to Daili which took nine hours. The tournament started the following day. I am very happy that our athletes were still able to achieve such good results under such difficult conditions.'' All Hong Kong gymnasts made the finals which only took the top six gymnasts from each apparatus. Waite scored 9.5 in the floor exercise and was narrowly beaten by a Russian girl for the gold medal. Her score was the highest for a Hong Kong gymnast in this discipline. Hong Kong's top gymnasts will travel to Guangzhou next month for further training.