Retailer rips off image of W100 sprinter Ida Keeling — calling her Katelyn Turner

Ida Keeling is shown at 2016 Penn Relays. This uncredited photo of "Katelyn Turner" could give Ida reason to sue.Ida Keeling is shown at 2016 Penn Relays. This uncredited photo of "Katelyn Turner" could give Ida reason to sue.

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 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.)

Confused yet?
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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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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at or Story tips always welcome!