FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Japanese record
holder Sachiko Yamada powered her way to
victory in the women’s 400-meter freestyle final on
the opening day of the U.S. Open Swimming
Championships on Thursday. Sydney Olympian Yamada
touched the wall in 4 minutes, 10.04 seconds ahead of
Americans Brooke Bennett, who clocked 4:12.69 and Rachel
Komisarz, who took third in 4:13.05. Japan’s Norie Urabe
was eighth. In men’s action, World University Games gold
medalist Takahiro Mori produced Japan’s best finish by
coming third in the 200-meter individual medley won by
Brian Johns of Canada.
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