Although the odds were stacked against the Malaysian, some still harboured hopes he could perform miracles in the final after becoming the first national diver to qualify for an individual Olympic final.
But it was not to be for the veteran as he scored a total 437.45 points from his six dives to finish ahead of only Canada's Alexander Despatie and Javier Garcia of Spain.
It was, however, an improvement from his semi-final finish, where Ken Nee took the 12th and last spot for the final.
The diver, though, can be happy as he met the target he had set himself prior to the London Games.
China, who have been ruling the London Olympics diving pool, had to be satisfied with silver and bronze as Russian Ilya Zakharov took the gold with 555.90 points. Qin Kai scored 541.75 for silver and He Chong finished third with 524.15.
Malaysia's diving campaign is not over yet though as Pandelela Rinong and Traisy Vivien Tukiet will be in action in the 10m platform preliminary round on Wednesday (2am Thursday in Malaysia).
Bryan Nickson Lomas also has the men's 10m platform to look forward to on Friday.
NST @ Olympic