According to an April 24 “special editorial by Jeremy Thomson,” the world’s oldest sprinter is Katelyn Turner, 102. But on June 1, a “special editorial by Julian Downes” calls Katelyn 104. Both reports appear on a website selling electronic and other doodads called definekits.com. But wait! There’s more! The story says Katelyn at age 21 hurt her back five steps into the 1948 Olympic sprint final. (Don’t do the math. She’d be 31 if she’s now 102.)
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It’s all a shameless ripoff on the Ida Keeling story, even stealing her image (running with a red beret at 2016 Penn Relays) and video to depict her as the fictional Katelyn Turner.
An American ex-pat gave me the heads up on the website and associated “Define Gears” Facebook page. I’ve written to Ida’s daughter and granddaughter via Facebook, but haven’t heard back yet.
“Basically they credit their insoles for getting her out of a lifetime of convalescence and back onto the track, ignoring her real story of hard work and fitness,” my source notes. “I’ve seen a similar fake ad for cooper infused socks showing masters success but it didn’t steal someone’s story.”
Of course, the site appears to be offshore — perhaps in the UK. Its domain-name registry gives little info. The site was created March 20, 2019, and was registered from Selangor, Malaysia — the most developed state of that southeast Asian nation.
But Define Kits doesn’t define its location.
Its Terms of Service attempt to excuse the blatant bogusness, however:
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The commercial site says it uses Shopify software. So I’ll write them and ask if they’re fine with abetting fraud.
Ida, meanwhile, is 104 but doesn’t appear to have any results since February 2018.
Here’s a fake “Katelyn” video as well:
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