DESPITE finishing yards ahead of the lot, the national men's 4x100m relay team was disqualified in the final at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
Banuve Tabakaucoro anchored the team, consisting of Tui Francis Kirikirikula, Waisake Raselala, Kemueli Waqa, to a time of 40.59s.
The celebration was short-lived because a few minutes later they were told by track officials that they had been disqualified because of an early baton exchange.
Track officials told team manager Litia Senibulu that the starter, Kirikirikula, handed the baton to Raselela before the legal line.
Senibulu straight away protested the decision, legally, and asked to be shown video evidence.
An hour later, Senibulu was told that the jury had decided to stick to the decision made by the track officials.
The jury told Senibulu that there was no conclusive evidence to show that the baton was exchanged legally.
"It is unfortunate that this had to happen to us because the gold would have contributed a lot towards the medal tally," Tabakaucoro said.
"The boys had worked really hard for this for months and to go out like this is not good."
Athletics Fiji coach Gabrielli Qoro said they had to accept the decision made by games official.
"We cant do much about it. We just accept the decisions they make but it would have been good to win that gold medal."
Papua New Guinea was second to Fiji in a time of 41.76s and was awarded the gold medal.
New Caledonia (42.56s)was promoted to silver while Tonga (42.59s) was given the bronze.