Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008
Format: Top 12 duos from qualifying advanced to final free routine. Final score is 50% of technical score from the qualifying round and 50% of free routine score.
The defending champions were Russians Anastasiya Davydova and Anastasiya Yermakova, who had also won the 2003, 2005, and 2007 World Championships. They won easily, taking a huge lead in the preliminaries. The results mirrored the Melbourne 2007 World Championships with the top eight teams finishing in the same order.