Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 22, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Technical and free routines. Final total is sum of 50% of technical routine score and 50% of free routine score.
Russia was not expected to be challenged and they were not, winning the gold medal easily. In the technical routine they opened a 0.583 lead over Spain, eliminating any suspense over the outcome. But they put on a true show in the freestyle final routine, scoring a perfect 50 points. China placed third, winning their first ever medal in synchronized swimming.