HONG KONG'S top distance runner Maggie Chan Man-yee has been offered a full athletics scholarship with two universities in the United States. The teenager, who this week broke her Hong Kong record in the women's 3,000 metres in Victoria, will travel to Texas after the Commonwealth Games to examine an offer made by Texas University. She has also had a similiar offer from the Brigham Young University in Utah, but her coach Garry Brown said she would probably opt for Texas. Should she accept, Chan will be leaving for the States early next year. Said Brown: ''It would be nice if Maggie would stay in Hong Kong, but this is a great opportunity for her. ''She will have free education, food and lodging and will be able to train with some top athletes. ''If she does well, she may get offers from even better universities. These kind of things will open up for her once she gets there.'' Chan, one of Hong Kong's most promising athletes, will follow in the footsteps of her compatriot, 100 metres hurdler Chan Sau-ying, should she accept the Texas offer. Chan Sau-ying went to the States more than three years ago and has admitted that the move has helped her improve as an athlete. It is not the first time Chan's potential has been noticed abroad. Last December, she was spotted by Ma Junren, the coach of China's famous ''Ma's Family Army'', led by the female distance runners who last year set a host of world records. Ma invited Chan to train with the girls in China in January. Brown said that two months ago she had an offer of a half scholarship at another American university before Texas came in with their better offer. ''Of course, she will first go there and have a look at it, but she wants to take it up,'' said Brown, head athletics coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Chan is one of the elite athletes in the Watson's-Hong Kong Sports Institute three-year development programme. A scholarship in the States will give her a chance to compete and train with some top coaches and athletes and also pursue her tertiary education. Brown is hoping that Chan's excellent run in the women's 3,000 metres final will inspire the other two athletes to break their national records at the Centennial Stadium. The teenager Chan smashed her Hong Kong record by more than nine seconds when she finished 12th in the 3,000 metres, clocking 9:37.10. ''It helps a team when the first result is a good one, and Maggie ran very well to break her record,'' said Brown. ''It's the kind of result that makes the other girls want to do as well. But it's going to be tough.'' A lot is expected from 100 metres hurdler Chan Sau-ying, whose entry time of 13.14 seconds ranks her eighth among her rivals. But Brown said the competition for the eight final places will be intense. Li Chun-nei, who has been in Victoria for two weeks, will finally get to see some action when the long jump competition begins. She is aiming to break the six-metre barrier. Maggie Chan's next event is the 1,500 metres, which is a straight final on Sunday (Canada time) prior to the Games' closing ceremonies. Meanwhile, athletics sponsors A. S. Watson's said the Commonwealth Games controversy over Hong Kong Sports Institute head coach Brown will not jeopardise their million-dollar support or the sport in the territory. But Mike Field, sports development manager for Watson's, said the company are concerned that Brown has been excluded from having any input into the training of Hong Kong's athletes competing in Victoria and October's Asian Games in Hiroshima. Watson's, in conjunction with the Institute, brought former Australian Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brown to Hong Kong to initiate a development programme in a $3 million, three-year sponsorship deal. Brown's contract ends in April and he has expressed a desire to continue the programme. He became embroiled in a controversy in Victoria when he lashed out at Hong Kong chef de mission Pang Chung for preventing him from communicating with the territory's athletes during training sessions. Pang hit back by saying that Yip Wan-fung was the coach officially appointed by the HKAAA and he could not let anyone interfere with her job. He also threatened to refuse Brown access to athletes Chan Sau-ying, Li Chun-nei and Chan Man-yee.