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The 2008 bronze medalist at the Beijing Games in the 52-kilogram class, Nakamura is expected to vie with rival compatriot Yuka Nishida for the gold in London. Nakamura is ranked third in her weight class, narrowly behind Mongolia's Bundmaa Munkhbaatar _ whom she has beaten four times in as many head-to-head matches _ for the No. 2 spot. Nakamura defeated Nishida in the final of the 2011 World Championship, avenging a loss to her one year prior at the worlds. In the only match between the two in 2012, Nakamura lost to Nishida in the final of the Masters Almaty in Kazakhstan. However, for all her upside, Nakamura had a relatively uneven 2011 season, winning two titles but also losing in the quarterfinals of two others. The year before, she won five titles in addition to her runner-up showing at the worlds, and has eight championships to her credit overall.
JOC cuts funding to judo program
The Japanese Olympic Committee has cut funding for the All Japan Judo Federation and ordered it to take preventive measures as punishment for coachesâ€™ abusive training of female judokas.
Japan: Coach used violence on athletes
Japan's judo federation says head coach Ryuji Sonoda used violence against athletes at a training camp prior to the London Olympics.
Judo champion facing rape charge
Masato Uchishiba, a two-time gold medalist in judo, pleads innocent to rape charge in Japan.
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