This event was a foregone conclusion. Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia were the defending Olympic champions, had been World Champions in 2001, 2003, and 2007 (with Guo winning in 2005 with another partner), and won the 2008 World Cup earlier in the year. They took the lead in the second round and defended their gold medal easily. They had the highest score on the first four dives, and the second highest in the final round. The Russian pair of Yuliya Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova won silver, which was the second consecutive in the event for Pakhalina, who had partnered in 2004 with Vera Ilyina. Wu and Guo also won the 2009 World title, after which Wu moved on to partner with He Zi, winning the 2010 and 2012 World Cups and the 2011 World Championship.