One of Australia's toughest distance runners who always serves it up to the field.
After breaking Ron Clarke's 33-year-old national record in the 5000m in 1999, Lee decided to move up to the marathon. With coach Steve Moneghetti at the helm, Lee was selected for the Olympic marathon after finishing fifth in The Host City Marathon where he came back from injury and was placed on a drip after the race.
At the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Lee stayed with the lead bunch in the marathon until the 22km mark when he dropped off the pace with a torn abdominal muscle, however battled on to the finish, placing 66th.
He smashed his marathon best, clocking 2:10.04 in Rotterdam in April 2001, moving to No 5 in Australian history. Withdrew from the 2001 World Championships with injury. Struggled throughout 2002 with injury, but still selected for the Commonwealth Games team. Troopy claimed the top position in the mens 10,000m at the 2002 Telstra Zatopek Classic in the time of 28:03.01. In that same race his coach Steve Moneghetti finished third. In February, ran a pb over 10,000m with a time of 27:51.27. Became only the fifth Australian to run a sub-2:10 marathon when in March 2003 he clocked 2:09.49 at Lake Biwa.
Competing in his 8th career marathon at the 2003 World Championships Lee recorded his finest ever performance, placing 17th in a good championship time of 2:11.46 and led the Australian team to 7th placing. The time was the third best ever by an Australian at an Olympic/World Championship event, behind Deek's 2:10.03 and 2:11.09.
In Feb 2004, Troopy won the Olympic 10000m trial. Two weeks later he placed an excellent 21st in the World XC (long course). In April he ran his 8th career marathon clocking his 2nd best ever time of 2:09.59 to place 7th in London. In Athens Troopy placed 27th in the marathon in a time of 2:18.46.
In October 2007, Troop ran 2hr 10min 31sec at the Berlin Marathon – an Olympic A-grade qualifing time.
In May 2008, Troop became the only nomination for the Australian Men's team in the marathon for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Troop said he wanted to emulate the feats of Australian marathon legends Robert de Castella and his coach Steve Moneghetti in achieving a top 10 placing at the Olympic Games.
Lee Troop travels from Victoria Australia
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