Anamabra - Team Anambra has joined the medals table of the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival with a silver medal won in the judo event by Chinwe Mba.
Mba fought in the +75kg category, knocking out her counterpart from Delta. She had earlier knocked out judokas from Taraba, Ogun and Ondo in the preliminaries.
Delta won the gold in the +75kg, while the bronze medals went to Edo and Ondo.
The judoka, who rued the loss of the gold medal to Lagos, said she was glad to be the first member of Team Anambra to win a laurel at the festival.
She dedicated the medal to the government and people of Anambra, who gave her the opportunity to represent them at the Games.
``It is good that I won silver, but I had my eyes on the gold medal, I am dedicating it to the government and people of Anambra state,” she said.
Other winners in the judo event which took place at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Lagos are Rivers, that won gold and Lagos, which had silver in the 52kg female category.
Lagos also won gold and Edo silver, while Akwa Ibom and Rivers won bronze in the 70kg female category.
The coach of the Anambra judo team, John Ofuluozo, said they still had high prospects for medals for the state as combat continued on Friday.
Meanwhile, one of the judokas from Anambra, Ejike Amah, had sustained an injury in the rib during his fight with his Bayelsan counterpart, which he won in the preliminary stage.
He will undergo an X-ray on Friday for doctors to determine the degree of the suspected fracture.