TOP seed Khairul Anuar Mohammed was knocked off his perch after suffering a shock defeat to little-known Yagiz Yilmaz of Turkey in the men's recurve third round of the World Cup meet in Ogden, Utah on Wednesday.
Ranked fifth in the world, Khairul became the first Malaysian to secure the top seeding at a World Cup event when he won the qualifying round on Tuesday.
He received a bye to the third round but his tournament ended there after World No 231 Yilmaz sandwiched three drawn sets between winning the first and fifth for a 7-3 victory.
Khairul was joined on the scrap heap by teammates Haziq Kamaruddin, the 11th seed who fought his way to the third round before going down 6-2 to Elias Malave of Venezuela, and World No 10 Cheng Chu Sian, who was a first round casualty after a 6-2 defeat to Luca Melotto of Italy.
Malaysia's interest in the women's individual recurve did not extend past the opening round as Olympic qualifier Nurul Syafiqah Hashim went down 6-4 to Celine Bezault of France despite rallying from 0-4 down while Shahira Abdul Halim was hammered 7-1 by Anna Szukalska of Poland.
Late yesterday, the men's recurve team of Khairul, Chu Sian and Haziq were playing Turkey in the first round, looking to make up for their individual disappointments. By Devinder Singh