The Lebanese flag waved proudly for the second time on the same day when Zakaria Chihab became second Olympic medallist, winning second place in the bantamweight contest.
In 1954, Khalil went for gold when he won first place for Lebanon at the World Games in Budapest.
In the 1951 Mediterranean Nationals in Alexandria, Egypt, Khalil won second place, only to go back to Alexandria in 1953 and take first place in the Arab World Games.
Back home, he was the undefeated champion at the Greco-Roman Wrestling Lebanese National Championships, even before and after his Olympics win, from 1949 to 1955.
After 1955, he moved to America, following his brother Safi. There, he developed his wrestling career and began coaching. He also met his wife and together they had four children.
According to Sports 961, Khalil kept his wrestling career going, winning prizes not only as a wrestler but also as a coach.
“My dad’s best friend and Olympic Lebanese teammate. Rest In Peace. A Legend who was the pioneer for many USA youth and Olympic wrestlers dating back to the 1970s,” tweeted Mike Amine.
From fireman to Olympian to award-winning coach, Khalil Taha was an honor to his homeland Lebanon and also gave back to his second country America.
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