It's no secret that you win more than a gold medal for an Olympic victory. Matthew Centrowitz, who won the first 1500m gold medal for the United States since 1908, will receive $25,000 from the U.S. Olympic Committee in addition to the rewards from his Nike contract.
But the women's 1500m Olympic champion, Faith Kipyegon, brought home more than a medal, and more than cash. According to IndiaToday, Faith brought electricity.
The parents of Faith Kipyegon, 1500m Olympic Gold medalist will never miss a moment of glory thanks to Last mile pic.twitter.com/mMIoodRCSz— Hon. Charles Keter (@ketercharles) August 26, 2016
The 22-year-old Olympic champion lives in the Ndabibit Village in Kenya, where they have been without electricity since it was settled back in the 1980s. Her friends and family weren't even able to watch her win Olympic gold in Rio.
But that has all changed now.
After Kipyegon's gold medal run, her father, Samuel Koech Kipyegon, made a plea to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. According to the Daily Nation, he said, "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."
CS Hon.Keter & PS Njoroge launch the Last Mile Connectivity project in Kilome Constituency, Makueni county. pic.twitter.com/RSjIyL7xiq— Ministry of Energy (@EnergyMinK) August 24, 2016
A day after his plea, the Kenyan Power team came to the village and constructed the power lines in a record nine days.
Now, the only thing Kipyegon's proud father needs to watch his daughter continue to win medals is a television. Fortunately, Samsung promised they will send one his way soon.
"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," Mr. Kipyegon said.