Karen Lee

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Karen Lee
Personal information
Full name Karen Tracey Lee
Nickname(s) Kaz, Nerak
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1983-01-01) 1 January 1983 (age 31)
Bristol, England, Great Britain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke
College team Loughborough University[1]
Coach Ben Titley[1]

Karen Tracey Lee (born 1 January 1983 in Bristol, England) is an English swimmer, who specialized in backstroke events.[2] She finished sixth in the 200 m backstroke (2.10.27) at the 2002 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Riesa, Germany.[3] She is also a member of Team GB since 1998, and a varsity swimmer for the Loughborough University team, under head coach Ben Titley.[4][1]

Lee qualified for the women's 200 m backstroke, as a member of Team GB, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She finished second behind Katy Sexton (2:11.48) at the British Olympic Trials by 0.38 of a second, in a FINA A-standard of 2:11.86.[5][6] She challenged seven other swimmers in heat four, including Germany's Antje Buschschulte and Russia's Stanislava Komarova, both of whom were top medal favorites. She faded to seventh place by a 5.39-second margin behind winner Komarova in 2:16.10. Lee missed the semifinals by nearly one second, as she placed twentieth overall in the preliminaries.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Loughborough swimmers to help tsunami aid effort". Loughborough University. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Karen Lee". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rupprath, Klochkova Win Third Gold as Euro Short Course Champs Wind Up". Swimming World Magazine. 16 December 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "British Squad for European Short Course Champs is Mix of Old and Young". Swimming World Magazine. 28 September 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Swimming – Women's 200m Backstroke Startlist (Heat 4)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Hopps, David (12 April 2004). "Mew paddles to Athens". Sheffield: The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Women's 200m Backstroke Heat 4". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Women’s 200 Backstroke, Day 6 Prelims: Top Seeds Komarova and Nakamura Qualify Fastest". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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