AMY Guy, Ruabon's Miss World contestant, has significantly increased her chances of winning the coveted title thanks to the long jump.
She broke the Miss World record in the event in China to win the best sportswoman prize and get herself fast-tracked to the final, by which time 108 entrants will have been whittled down to just 15.
The 22-year-old trainee architect, who graduated from Nottingham University this year with a 2:1 Hons Degree, said she was pleased with the result.
'I am so happy to have won for the sake of everyone back home. I come from a small village and I know everyone will be so proud I have made it to the final.'
Sporty Amy is a natural athlete, at 14 competing in the Welsh National hurdling and 100 metre sprints.
She was also on the North Wales netball squad and cross-country teams and is a keen horserider, having competed for Wales in equestrian events at the highest level and ridden for Great Britain.
She has also taken part in the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley Arena where, as a 12-year-old, she had to teach Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill to ride.
She said she will cherish the best sportswoman prize.
'It will go by my bedside and I will sleep with it until the final,' she said. 'I have a trophy room at home with all the awards I have won over the years. I'll have to ask my dad to clear them out to make a space as this award will definitely take pride of place in my room.
'My dad and sister are coming out to see me so I am glad I have been able to give them something to be proud about already.
'It is great that I am the first from the UK to get to the final. I hope that at least one of the other girls can join me. We have become such good friends.
'But I am a very determined person and I want this badly.'
The three-event sports challenge was a close contest, with Miss Australia coming second despite breaking the swimming record and Miss Peru and Miss Trinidad and Tobago sharing third.
Miss World will take place on December 4 on the Chinese tropical island of Sanya.
For the first time viewers will be able to vote for the winners via telephone. Last year's event was broadcast in 162 nations and watched by an estimated 2.3 billion people.