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Faith brings electricity to her village

02 Sep 2016 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
Faith Kipyegon - A profile

Kenyan runner Faith Kipyegon, who won gold at the 2016 Olympics in the women's 1500m race, comes from the village of Ndabibit which has been without electricity since 1980.

Faith's father urged Kenya's President to connect the village with electricity so that they could watch her perform at Rio.

The authorities responded within 48 hours and in a week the village was lit up.

In context: Faith Kipyegon - A profile

AboutFaith Kipyegon

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon is a Kenyan runner. She was born on 10 January 1994.

Faith specializes in medium distance running and participates in 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m races.

She holds the national record for 1500m, completing the race in 3:56:41 minutes.

She won her first individual gold medal in the 2011 Junior World Cross Country Championships in the 1500m race event.

AchivementsIts all gold for Faith

Faith won gold at the 2011 World Youth Championships and World Junior Championships in Barcelona in 2012.

During the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix, she broke the Kenyan national record in women's 1500m.

She was part of the Kenyan team which won gold at the 4x1500m relay at the IAFF World Relays in 2014.

During the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Faith won another gold medal.

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Olympic gold for Kipyegon

2016 Rio OlympicsOlympic gold for Kipyegon

Faith Kipyegon won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 1500m event.

It was the first Olympics medal for the 22 year old after she left behind Ethiopian runner and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba in the final lap.

The Kenyan finished the race in 4:08:93 mins.

In the 2012 London Olympics, Faith had failed to qualify for the 1500m finals.

02 Sep 2016Faith brings electricity to her village

More gifts for the Kipyegon family

In order to honour the gold medalist, Samsung has said that they will provide a flat screen television set to Faith's household while SuperSport will be gifting her with a decoder.