Ayesha Abdul-Jillil and Demiko Colbert, the two athletes representing Alaska at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, are making their mark on the competition.

Abdul-Jillil, of Anchorage, took the gold medal in the shot put this week, accomplishing a goal she set for herself before the games started.

“I’m going to go down there to Abu Dhabi and try to bring home another gold,” Abdul-Jillil told KTVA in November.

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She also earned the bronze in the 100-meter dash with a time of 21.55 seconds.

“Ayesha is always determined to make the most of every opportunity. Sports training and competition is no exception and it showed today,” Special Olympics Alaska President and CEO Nicolle Egan wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Colbert, of Fairbanks, earned a fifth-place ribbon in the 200-meter dash earlier in the games.

Before the two left for the competition, friends, family and supporters held a send-off party at Special Olympics Alaska’s Jim Balamaci Training Center.

The games in Abu Dhabi are the first to be held in the Middle East and North Africa and feature 7,500 athletes from 176 countries. Competition wraps up Thursday, March 21.

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