Disappointingly, Chand came nowhere close to the 11.24 seconds she had clocked at the XXVI International Meeting G Kosanov Memorial in Kazakhstan in June 2016 to win the silver. The second-placed qualifier from her group, Poland’s Ewa Swoboda, actually finished in 11.24 seconds. So had Chand matched her own earlier performance, she would have been in the running.
There were no surprises as Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce qualified comfortably with the best timing in the field of 10.96 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye was second-fastest with 11 seconds.