THE best bets for Malaysia turned out to be the biggest flops in the World Championships, which ended at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Expectations were high on Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who were seeded second in the men's singles and men's doubles events respectively. But they dished out dismal performances.
And now, the chances to see Malaysia winning the first gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing next year do not look very promising.
The world number three ranked Chong Wei, known for his prowess at home, chose the wrong time and place to show the bad side of his game. He was blown away 11-21, 9-21 by Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the third round.
Surprise, surprise: Veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah defied the odds to win a bronze for Malaysia while the challenges of the other contenders like Lee Chong Wei (below) fizzled out.