New Delhi: In an inspirational story, a village in Kenya received electricity supply thanks to the exploits of Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon, who won women's 1,500 metres gold medal at Rio Olympics 2016.
It sure looks like a story straight out of a movie, but the village of Ndabibit in Kenya were connected to the grid for the first time ever so that the villagers can watch their favourite daughter compete at the greatest sporting event.
According to the Daily Nation, a Kenyan news website, she hails from the village of Ndabibit, which hasn't had electricity since 1980, when residents first settled there.
But Kipyegon's her father, Samuel Koech, lamented how the village was still unable to watch her feats on live television and the president acted.
"I urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to make sure our village is connected to electricity so that I can see my daughter Faith running and winning medals for Kenya," Koech said.
It's reported that within one day of Koech's plea making national news, officials were on the ground, dropping power line poles. Thus, the jubilant villagers got to watch Faith winning a gold medal on television.
"I only thank God for giving me such a wonderful daughter who has transformed our village and I pray to God to give her strength and good health so that she can win more medals for Kenya," Koech told the newspaper.
Faith won gold after pulling ahead of favorite and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in the final lap.