Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 23, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
Format: Final placements determined by final free routine only. Top 12 duos from qualifying advanced to final free routine. Final score is 50% of technical score and 50% of free routine score.
The silver medalists in this event in 2000, Japan’s Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda, improved to win the 2001 World Championships. But by 2003, the dominant duo was the Russian team of Anastasiya Davydova and Anastasiya Yermakova, who defeated the Japanese at the 2003 World Championships. The Russians did not disappoint, performing an almost perfect final routine to easily defeat the Japanese. Yermakova later remarked, “We don’t want to brag, but the most difficult was not beating the Japanese, but the selection for the duo from the Russian team.”