Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 26, 2000
Format: Technical routine counts 35% and free routine 65% towards final score. Top 12 teams from technical routine and preliminary free routine advanced to the final free routine. Final score consists only of 35% of technical routine and 65% of final free routine.
The Russian duo of Olga Brusnikina and Mariya Kiselyeva had won the 1998 World Championships and the 1999 World Cup. They were led by Brusnikina who was solo champion in both years. Two months before the Sydney Olympics, they seemed to have won the European Championships, only to have their title removed when Kiselyeva tested posted for ephedrine. The Russian Federation commuted the normal three-month suspension which allowed Kiselyeva and Brusnikina to compete in Sydney. Once there, the competition was a mere formality as they won without being challenged. The Japanese team of Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda won the silver medal, keeping intact the Japanese record of winning a medal in every Olympic synchronized swimming event. Kiselyeva later hosted the quiz show “The Weakest Link” on Russian television.