Leryn Franco in 2009
|Full name||Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri|
1 March 1982 |
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||57.77 metres|
|Updated on 1 July 2013.|
Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri (born 1 March 1982 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan model and athlete. She specializes in the javelin throw and became an Internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her personal best throw is 57.77 metres, achieved in June 2012 in Barquisimeto.
Modeling and beauty pageants
She has competed in several beauty pageants. In 2006 she was runner-up Miss Universo Paraguay 2006. She participated in the Miss Bikini of the Universe pageant. Franco has her own calendar, which was photographed in 2007 by Martin Crespo.
Franco's parents were born in Uruguay and she is a fan of Olimpia Asunción in Paraguay and Peñarol in Uruguay. Franco played football before pursuing javelin. She is also a graduate in Business Administration.
- "Javelin Thrower Leryn Franco". Sports Illustrated. 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Leryn Franco Personal 2007 calendar". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- Leryn Franco on Facebook
- Leryn Franco on Twitter
- Leryn Franco profile at IAAF
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