Also from Group A, to the delight of the home crowd, Margaux Isaksen, who just missed out on a medal at the Olympics, made it through. Wang Wei (CHN) was the event winner in 13:07.24 qualifying in 7th place.
In Group B former world #1 Donata Rimsaite showed she is back on form and near flawless displays throughout the day from Hungarians Sarolta Kovacs and Zsofia Foldhazi , clearly show they are contention for podium places. Yufei Bian (CHN) is also out to impress crossing the finish line first.
Mayan Oliver, won the event in an incredible time of 12:39.73, came from 19th place to finish 10th.
Isabella Isaksen will join her sister Margaux in Saturday’s Final, all 4 British girls also qualified from both groups but former world champion Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) made it through only as one of the fastest 12 from both groups.