FIJI'S sprint queens failed to live up to expectations on the last day of the athletics competition at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
Runners such as Elenoa Sailosi, Younis Bese, Alaiwalu Rayawa and Timaima Qica were relegated to either the silver or bronze medal podiums.
Their 4x100m team made a good start and looked set to win the gold but anchor runner Sailosi pulled a hamstring in the final 50 metres and she was pipped at the tape by Betty Burua of Papua New Guinea.
All girls in the team, Bese, Makelesi Tumalevu and Timaima Qica and Sailosi had either their right knees, thighs or calf muscles strapped.
Athletics Fiji coach Gabrielli Qoro revealed they were carrying niggling injuries that they did not want to aggravate.
"The girls did very well even though they had strapped legs and I must commend them for their effort," he said.
"Also some of them were running for the first time in an international event like Younis and Tima while Makelesi is making a comeback."
In the women's 200m finals, Sailosi settled for bronze with a time of 25.22s while Bese was equal-fourth with Lovelite Detenamo of Nauru on 25.50s.
And Rayawa finished sixth in the race, which was won by Toea Wisil of Papua New Guinea.
The women's 4x400m team of Rayawa, Merelita Tuilawaki, Mereseini Naidau and Meresiana Talayawa finished second to PNG.