Takashi Yamamoto

2000 Sydney; 2004 Athens – Takashi Yamamoto

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Takaski Yamamoto is a Japanese native who trained with ROW for six years, going to two Olympic Games under the direction of former ROW coach Bud McAllister.

He earned silver in the 200 metre butterfly and helped the Japanese 4x100 medley relay team earn a bronze medal at the 2004 Games.

Yamamoto moved to Waterloo in April 1988 to be closer to his girlfriend, swimmer Suzu Chiba, who had come to Waterloo to train with McAllister.

The pair met when they swam together at Japan’s prestigious Osaka swim club.

In media interviews, Yamamoto has said that the training he received at ROW propelled him to silver, finishing just a fraction of a second behind American golden boy Michael Phelps.

Yamamoto and his wife returned to Japan in September 2004.

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