PETALING JAYA: Top national archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad has admitted that his best was just not good enough as he fired blanks in his third successive Olympics appearance.
The 29-year-old found world No. 5 Kim Woo-jin of South Korea too hot to handle in the last 16 at Yumenoshima Park yesterday.
Woo-jin, a two-time world champion, gave Khairul absolutely no chance by landing all his nine arrows on target to win 6-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-29).
Khairul said he performed better than the earlier two rounds on Thursday but acknowledged that Woo-jin was in a class of his own.
“I have faced Woo-jin many times and he has scored another perfect round against me,” said world No. 15 Khairul, whose best achievement was reaching the quarter-finals in London 2012.
“I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I executed my shots much better than the previous rounds.
“It’s certainly disappointing to return from my third Olympics without a medal. I could have done better as a seasoned Olympics competitor but it was not meant to be.”
The reigning World championships silver medallist, who’s in his 10th year with the national team, has pledged to keep it going with his sights set firmly on qualifying for his fourth Games appearance in Paris 2024.
“I’m continuing with my archery career and will continue to hunt for more glory in the future competitions,” added Khairul