That was soon followed by the scalp of China's Xing Yu, which meant a last-16 clash with Britain's Larry Godfrey on Friday.
"It was very tough, having to compete against your teammate. We are all very close and could not believe the draw when it came out," said Khairul, 21.
|Khairul Anuar Mohamad meets Britain's Larry Godfrey on Friday.|
"I had to forget who was my opponent as both of us were determined to give Malaysia something to cheer for after the team event (where they were eliminated in the first round)."
Khairul's match against Xing Yu was also filled with tension as they were tied 5-5 (28-30, 29-29, 28-27, 28-7, 26-28) on points, which meant a one-arrow shoot off.
Khairul was spot on, as his arrow landed closest to the bullseye and ensured there would be Malaysian involvement in Friday's deciding day.
It is now up to Khairul to determine just how serious that involvement will be.
Vijesh Rai - NST