Lebanon (LBN)

Overview

NOCLebanese Olympic Committee
Flagbearers78

Participants

Olympic Games 184
Youth Olympic Games 19

Description

After the establishment of a National Olympic Committee (NOC) on 28 December 1946, Lebanon was awarded International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition in 1948, and made its Olympic début that year. Since then, Lebanon has competed at every Olympic Games, with the exception of 1956 (when they boycotted in protest against the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula).

Through 2022, Lebanon has won four Olympic medals, two silver and two bronze. Three of these medals were won in wrestling and one in weightlifting. These two silver medals are Lebanon’s best results at the Olympics so far, and they were won by Mohamed Kheir Tarabulsi in the 1972 men’s weightlifting middleweight class, and by Zakaria Chihab in the 1952 men’s Greco-Roman wrestling bantamweight class.

Lebanon has competed at nearly every Olympic Winter Games since 1948, only missing the Olympic Winter Games of 1994 and 1998. In 1948, the first Lebanese Winter Olympian was Ibrahim Geagea, who competed in all three Alpine skiing events. Geagea also competed in 1952, 1956, and 1960. The country has had Winter Olympians mostly competing in Alpine skiing (33 athletes), with one skeleton slider, and three male cross-country skiers. Lebanon’s best Winter finish came at Lake Placid 1980, when Farida Rahmeh finished 19th in women’s slalom Alpine skiing.

Chirine Njeim competed in three Olympic Games (2002-2010) in women’s Alpine skiing, and was twice the Lebanese flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony. She later moved to the United States, where she began running marathons. On January 2016, she ran the Houston Marathon in 2-44:14, which bettered the 2016 Olympic marathon qualifying time of 2-45:00 and made her eligible to run the marathon at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which she did, finishing the race in 2-51:08.

Participations by edition

Olympic Games

Edition As Men Women Total
1948 Summer Olympics Lebanon 8 0 8 Results
1948 Winter Olympics Lebanon 1 0 1 Results
1952 Summer Olympics Lebanon 9 0 9 Results
1952 Winter Olympics Lebanon 1 0 1 Results
1956 Winter Olympics Lebanon 3 0 3 Results
1960 Summer Olympics Lebanon 19 0 19 Results
1960 Winter Olympics Lebanon 2 0 2 Results
1964 Summer Olympics Lebanon 5 0 5 Results
1964 Winter Olympics Lebanon 4 0 4 Results
1968 Summer Olympics Lebanon 11 0 11 Results
1968 Winter Olympics Lebanon 3 0 3 Results
1972 Summer Olympics Lebanon 17 2 19 Results
1972 Winter Olympics Lebanon 1 0 1 Results
1976 Summer Olympics Lebanon 3 0 3 Results
1976 Winter Olympics Lebanon 0 1 1 Results
1980 Summer Olympics Lebanon 15 0 15 Results
1980 Winter Olympics Lebanon 2 1 3 Results
1984 Summer Olympics Lebanon 21 1 22 Results
1984 Winter Olympics Lebanon 4 0 4 Results
1988 Summer Olympics Lebanon 19 2 21 Results
1988 Winter Olympics Lebanon 4 0 4 Results
1992 Summer Olympics Lebanon 12 0 12 Results
1992 Winter Olympics Lebanon 4 0 4 Results
1996 Summer Olympics Lebanon 0 1 1 Results
2000 Summer Olympics Lebanon 4 2 6 Results
2002 Winter Olympics Lebanon 1 1 2 Results
2004 Summer Olympics Lebanon 3 2 5 Results
2006 Winter Olympics Lebanon 2 1 3 Results
2008 Summer Olympics Lebanon 4 2 6 Results
2010 Winter Olympics Lebanon 1 2 3 Results
2012 Summer Olympics Lebanon 3 7 10 Results
2014 Winter Olympics Lebanon 1 1 2 Results
2016 Summer Olympics Lebanon 4 5 9 Results
2018 Winter Olympics Lebanon 2 1 3 Results
2020 Summer Olympics Lebanon 3 3 6 Results
2022 Winter Olympics Lebanon 2 1 3 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Edition As Men Women Total
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Lebanon 2 3 5 Results
2012 Winter Youth Olympics Lebanon 1 1 2 Results
2014 Summer Youth Olympics Lebanon 2 2 4 Results
2016 Winter Youth Olympics Lebanon 1 1 2 Results
2018 Summer Youth Olympics Lebanon 1 2 3 Results
2020 Winter Youth Olympics Lebanon 2 1 3 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 28 5 33 Results
Athletics 14 6 20 Results
Boxing 8 0 8 Results
Canoe Slalom (Canoeing) 1 0 1 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 3 0 3 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 8 0 8 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Fencing 17 1 18 Results
Judo 15 1 16 Results
Rowing 1 0 1 Results
Sailing 3 0 3 Results
Shooting 19 1 20 Results
Skeleton (Bobsleigh) 1 0 1 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 13 7 20 Results
Table Tennis 0 3 3 Results
Taekwondo 0 1 1 Results
Weightlifting 9 1 10 Results
Wrestling 20 0 20 Results

Youth Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Alpine Skiing (Skiing) 3 3 6 Results
Athletics 0 1 1 Results
Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 1 0 1 Results
Fencing 1 2 3 Results
Judo 0 1 1 Results
Rowing 0 1 1 Results
Swimming (Aquatics) 2 2 4 Results
Taekwondo 2 0 2 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
1952 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 1 2
1972 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 1 0 1
1980 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 1 1
2010 Summer Youth Olympics Youth Olympic Games 0 0 1 1

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Wrestling 0 1 2 3
Weightlifting 0 1 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Taekwondo 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Includes medals won as part of mixed teams.

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Mohamed Kheir Tarabulsi LBN 0 1 0 1
Zakaria Chihab LBN 0 1 0 1
Hassan Bechara LBN 0 0 1 1
Khalil Taha LBN 0 0 1 1

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Michel Samaha LBN 0 0 1 1

IOC Members

Sheikh Gabriel Gemayel 1952—1987
Toni Khoury 1995—2016
Toni Khoury 2016—