The biggest of the fallen was Pavlo Tymoschenko (UKR) who was completely out of sorts like his team mate and defending champion Victoria Tereshuk yesterday and never looked like qualifying.
Dennis Cerkovskis (LAT), Sam Weale (GBR) and Ondrej Polivka (CZE) will join Tymoschenko in the stands on Saturday as they all failed to squeeze into the top 12 in their respective groups with their Olympic qualification now in severe danger.
As we all expected, the 4 Russians, Andrei Moiseev, Serguei Karyakin, Aleksander Lesun and Ilia Frolov all looked in superb form to sail through the qualification without having to expend too much energy.
Adam Marosi (HUN) looked in the best form since his World Championships victory in 2009 with a dominating performance that would have struck fear into his opponents. The same can be said about his team mate Robert Kasza (HUN). This is the first time that the World Cup Final champion has finished a competition since last year’s World Championships due to injury, but it didn’t show as he quickly slipped back into his rhythm.
The Korean gold medal relay team of Jinhwa Jung, Jin-woo Hong and Woojin Hwang all performed to the same level that won them the 1st ever Korean gold medal on Tuesday, which will be pleasing to their coach after such a tough event 2 days ago.
The local crowd were treated to top class performances from 3 out of their 4 athletes as Pierpaolo Petroni, Nicola Benedetti and Riccardo De Luca all continued on with their strong 2012 form.
David Svoboda (CZE), Thomas Daniel and the Lithuanian pair of Edvinas Krungolcas and Justinas Kinderis all kept their Olympic qualification hopes alive after cruising into qualification. They now want to put their poor form of the past 12 months behind them and claim the direct Olympic qualification pass they desperately seek.
19 year old Esteban Bustos (CHI) became the story of the championships so far by coming 2nd in his group to qualify for the final in his 1st try to create history for the emerging Chile nation. He was joined by his Latin American colleague Ismael Hernandez who showed impressive running to also make his 1st World Championships final.
Now we have our 36 men and 36 women, it is now time to turn our attention to the business end of the Championships, gold medal day! Watch all the live action tomorrow on Pentathlon.org as a new World Champion is crowned in Rome, Italy.