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Ida Keeling
Ida Keeling
Ida Keeling at age 103.
Birth: 15 May 1915
Harlem, New York, USA
Death: 28 August 2021
New York, New York, USA
Age: 106 years, 105 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Ida Keeling (15 May 1915 – 25 August 2021) was an American centenarian masters athlete.


Keeling was born in Harlem, New York, USA on 15 May 1915. Her mother died when Ida was young and her husband died of a heart attack when she was 42. She had four children, two of whom, Charles and Donald, died in drug-related killings in 1978 and 1980 respectively. Her eldest daughter, Laura, worked as the CEO of two Urban League affiliates. Her youngest daughter, Shelley, is a lawyer and real estate investor who also coached for a local high school. Shelley also coached her mother and first convinced her to run in a "mini-run" at the age of 67.

In 2011, at 95 years old, Keeling set the world record in her age group for running 60 meters at 29.86 seconds at a track meet in Manhattan, and in 2012 she set the W95 American record at the USATF Eastern Regional Conference Championships at 51.85. In 2014, at the 2014 Gay Games, Keeling set the fastest known time by a 99-year-old woman for the 100-meter dash at 59.80 seconds, although the relevant USA Track & Field webpage does not currently include a 100-meter record for US women older than the 90–94 age division. On April 30, 2016, Ida became the first woman in history to complete a 100-meter run at the age of 100. Her time of 1:17.33 was witnessed by a crowd of 44,469 at the 2016 Penn Relays. On 15 May 2020 Keeling celebrated her 105th birthday and became a semi-supercentenarian.

Keeling died in New York, New York, United States at the age of 106 years, 105 days.