Mission accomplished.

Those two words sum up the first competition on a world stage for 2015 Hilliard Darby High School graduate and Special Olympics athlete Jabari Wilson.

Wilson returned to Columbus early March 23 with a gold medal he had earned at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from March 14 to 21.

"That was my ultimate goal, to get at least one gold medal," said Wilson, 22, who adds the hardware to the two gold medals he won at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle that qualified him for the World Summer Games.

Wilson won the gold medal in the pentathlon, a five-event medley that includes the 100 meters, 400, high jump, long jump and shot put.

He accrued 2,069 points in the pentathlon, 70 points greater than his point total in Seattle, said his father, John Wilson, who traveled to the World Summer Games with his son.

Wilson also improved his time in the 100-meter run from 14.01 seconds in Seattle to 13.71 seconds, John Wilson said.

He also competed on a four-person 400-meter relay team, which finished seventh, John Wilson said.

Some events, including Wilson's, were broadcasted by ESPN+, John Wilson said.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Abu Dhabi, but some events, including those in which Wilson competed, were held in Dubai, several hours away.

"It was a great experience," Jabari Wilson said about his first overseas trip.

Wilson said he learned a few basic words in Arabic and also a hand gesture to illustrate peace.

Wilson's trip included a visit to a local school and other experiences that demonstrated the culture and ways of life in the country, John Wilson said.

Back at home, Wilson said, he would continue to compete for Hilliard Special Olympics, formerly known as the Northwest Special Olympics team, and Special Olympics Ohio.

In addition to track and field, Wilson also plays basketball, flag football, soccer and softball.

It was basketball that started Wilson on his path to Olympic gold.

The Wilson family lives in Columbus on the edge of Hilliard and within Hilliard City Schools boundaries.

When Jabari Wilson was a second-grader at Hilliard Crossing Elementary School, Jen Rambin, an adaptive physical-education teacher at Crossing and a coach for Northwest Special Olympics, encouraged him to begin playing basketball for Special Olympics.

"I think Special Olympics changed his life, as it has for other Special Olympics athletes," Rambin said before Wilson departed for the World Summer Games.

Rambin now is a physical-education teacher at Horizon Elementary School and a tennis coach for Hilliard Special Olympics.

Wilson's future performances at local and state competitions could qualify him for the next USA Games in 2022, in Orlando, Florida, John Wilson said.

"There is no age limit (for athletes)," he said.

The next World Summer Games are in 2023.

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