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Duet, Women

Date24 – 26 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants48 from 24 countries
FormatTechnical 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.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Russian FederationRUSGold
Olga BrusnikinaMariya Kiselyova
2JapanJPNSilver
Miya TachibanaMiho Takeda
3FranceFRABronze
Virginie DedieuMyriam Lignot
4United StatesUSA
Anna KozlovaTuesday Middaugh
5CanadaCAN
Claire Carver-DiasFanny Létourneau
6ItalyITA
Maurizia CecconiAlessia Lucchini
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Li MinLi Yuanyuan
8SpainESP
Gemma MengualPaola Tirados
9MexicoMEX
Érika Leal RamírezLilián Leal
10SwitzerlandSUI
Madeleine PerkBelinda Schmid
11Republic of KoreaKOR
Jang Yun-GyeongYu Na-Mi
12BrazilBRA
Carolina MoraesIsabela Moraes
13GreeceGRE
Khristina ThalassinidouDespoina Theodoridou
14UkraineUKR
Iryna RudnytskaOlesia Zaitseva
15Czech RepublicCZE
Soňa BernardováJana Rybářová
16AustraliaAUS
Irena OlevskyNaomi Young
17Democratic People's Republic of KoreaPRK
Choe Son-YongJo Yong-Hui
18CubaCUB
Kenia PérezYamisleidys Romay
19BelarusBLR
Krystsina NadzedzinaNatallia Sakharuk
20EgyptEGY
Heba Abdel GawadSara Abdel Gawad
21VenezuelaVEN
Jenny CastroVirginia Ruiz
22KazakhstanKAZ
Aliya KarimovaGalina Shatnaya
23HungaryHUN
Zsuzsanna HámoriPetra Marschalkó
24SlovakiaSVK
Lívia AllárováLucia Allárová

Final (24 – 26 September 2000)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Russian FederationRUS99.580
Olga BrusnikinaMariya Kiselyova
2JapanJPN98.650
Miya TachibanaMiho Takeda
3FranceFRA97.437
Virginie DedieuMyriam Lignot
4United StatesUSA96.990
Anna KozlovaTuesday Middaugh
5CanadaCAN95.984
Claire Carver-DiasFanny Létourneau
6ItalyITA95.387
Maurizia CecconiAlessia Lucchini
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN94.784
Li MinLi Yuanyuan
8SpainESP94.520
Gemma MengualPaola Tirados
9MexicoMEX92.761
Érika Leal RamírezLilián Leal
10SwitzerlandSUI92.039
Madeleine PerkBelinda Schmid
11Republic of KoreaKOR91.826
Jang Yun-GyeongYu Na-Mi
12BrazilBRA90.743
Carolina MoraesIsabela Moraes

Qualifying (24 – 25 September 2000)

Top 12 advanced to the final.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Russian FederationRUS99.060Q
Olga BrusnikinaMariya Kiselyova
2JapanJPN98.260Q
Miya TachibanaMiho Takeda
3FranceFRA97.091Q
Virginie DedieuMyriam Lignot
4United StatesUSA96.730Q
Anna KozlovaTuesday Middaugh
5CanadaCAN96.374Q
Claire Carver-DiasFanny Létourneau
6ItalyITA94.953Q
Maurizia CecconiAlessia Lucchini
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN94.870Q
Li MinLi Yuanyuan
8SpainESP93.826Q
Gemma MengualPaola Tirados
9MexicoMEX92.717Q
Érika Leal RamírezLilián Leal
10Republic of KoreaKOR92.130Q
Jang Yun-GyeongYu Na-Mi
11SwitzerlandSUI92.083Q
Madeleine PerkBelinda Schmid
12BrazilBRA90.873Q
Carolina MoraesIsabela Moraes
13GreeceGRE90.363
Khristina ThalassinidouDespoina Theodoridou
14UkraineUKR89.183
Iryna RudnytskaOlesia Zaitseva
15Czech RepublicCZE88.537
Soňa BernardováJana Rybářová
16AustraliaAUS87.007
Irena OlevskyNaomi Young
17Democratic People's Republic of KoreaPRK86.071
Choe Son-YongJo Yong-Hui
18CubaCUB85.509
Kenia PérezYamisleidys Romay
19BelarusBLR85.451
Krystsina NadzedzinaNatallia Sakharuk
20EgyptEGY85.021
Heba Abdel GawadSara Abdel Gawad
21VenezuelaVEN83.786
Jenny CastroVirginia Ruiz
22KazakhstanKAZ83.374
Aliya KarimovaGalina Shatnaya
23HungaryHUN81.477
Zsuzsanna HámoriPetra Marschalkó
24SlovakiaSVK80.013
Lívia AllárováLucia Allárová