Lebanon at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Lebanon at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Lebanon.svg
IOC codeLIB
NOCLebanese Olympic Committee
Websitewww.lebolymp.org
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors9 in 7 sports
Flag bearerNacif Elias[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Lebanon competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventeenth appearance at the Summer Olympics. Lebanon did not attend the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne as a response to the Suez Crisis.

The Lebanese Olympic Committee sent a total of nine athletes, four men and five women, to compete in seven sports at the Games.[2] The Lebanese team featured two returning Olympians from London 2012: American-born foil fencer Mona Shaito and world's top-ranked shooter Ray Bassil in the women's trap. Almost half of the roster, including Bassil and slalom canoeist Richard Merjan, were granted invitations by the Tripartite Commission to the Games, due to their recent achievements.[3] Meanwhile, half-middleweight judoka and Brazil-raised athlete Nacif Elias, who was later disqualified for an allegedly illegal joint lock on Argentina's Emmanuel Lucenti in his opening bout, led the Lebanese squad as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][4]

Lebanon, however, failed to win its first Olympic medal, since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, where Greco-Roman wrestler Hassan Bchara took the bronze in the super heavyweight category.

Athletics[edit]

Lebanese athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Ahmad Hazer Men's 110 m hurdles 15.50 7 Did not advance
Chirine Njeim Women's marathon N/A 2:51:08 109

Canoeing[edit]

Slalom[edit]

Lebanon received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send Richard Merjan in the men's C-1 race, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[2]

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Richard Merjan Men's C-1 120.20 18 121.67 16 120.20 19 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Lebanon entered one fencer into the Olympic competition. London 2012 Olympian Mona Shaito secured a spot in the women's foil as one of the two highest-ranked fencers from Asia outside the world's top 14 in the FIE Adjusted Official Rankings.[7] She lost in her first bout.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mona Shaito Women's foil Bye  Kiefer (USA)
L 3–15
Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Lebanon qualified one judoka for the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games. Nacif Elias was ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[2][8] He lost in his first match.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Nacif Elias Men's −81 kg Bye  Lucenti (ARG)
L 000–100
Did not advance

Shooting[edit]

Lebanon has received an invitation from the Tripartite Commission to send London 2012 Olympian Ray Bassil in the women's trap, as long as the minimum qualifying score (MQS) was met by March 31, 2016.[2][9] She failed to advance past the preliminary round.

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Ray Bassil Women's trap 65 14 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Swimming[edit]

Lebanon received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[10][11][12] Both swimmers failed to advance past the preliminary round.

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anthony Barbar Men's 50 m freestyle 23.77 50 Did not advance
Gabrielle Doueihy Women's 400 m freestyle 4:31.21 31 N/A Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Lebanon entered one athlete into the table tennis competition at the Games. Mariana Sahakian secured the Olympic spot in the women's singles as the highest-ranked table tennis player coming from the West Asia zone at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Hong Kong.[13] She lost and was eliminated in her first match.

Athlete Event Preliminary Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mariana Sahakian Women's singles  Oshonaike (NGR)
L 3–4
Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lucente, Adam (4 August 2016). "Top Brazilian judo fighter comes home to Lebanon for Rio Olympics". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "These are the Lebanese athletes who will represent our country in 2016 Rio Olympic Games". Sports 961. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ Khalaf, Rayana (9 June 2016). "8 Lebanese athletes set to compete at Rio 2016". StepFeed. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ Khalaf, Rayana (12 August 2016). "Disqualification of Lebanese athlete #Rio2016 stirs controversy". StepFeed. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Russia top as Olympic qualification by ranking ends". FIE. 5 April 2016. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  8. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". www.issf-sports.org/. ISSF. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Rio 2016 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Rio 2016. FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympic Games: 9 Lebanese Athletes to Watch!". Sports 961. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  13. ^ Marshall, Ian (14 April 2016). "Dramatic Decider, Neda Shahsavari Recovers from Brink to Secure Olympic Place". ITTF. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016.

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