Leryn Franco

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Leryn Franco
Leryn Franco Steneri.jpg
Leryn Franco in 2009
Personal information
Birth name Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri
Full name Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri
Nationality Paraguayan
Born (1982-03-01) 1 March 1982 (age 36)
Asunción, Paraguay
Residence Asunción
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)
Website www.lerynfranco.com.py
Country  Paraguay
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Retired 2014
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2004 Summer Olympics: 42nd
2008 Summer Olympics: 51st
2012 Summer Olympics: 34th
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, actress and former athlete who currently works for the athletics department of Club Sol de América.[1] Franco participated at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics competing in the javelin throw.

On 8 June 2012, Franco achieved a personal best throw of 57.77 m in Barquisimeto, Venezuela at the 2012 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics. Her achievement also became the new national record, having surpassed the previous record of 55.66 m, which Franco threw at the 2011 South American Championships in Athletics.

In 2013, she was cast in Irish film Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay, portraying the role of Younger Eliza Lynch.[2][3]


On 3 September 2002, she broke her own javelin throw record reaching 51 metres in an international tournament contested in São Caetano, Brasil.[4]

Modeling and beauty pageants[edit]

Franco appeared in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Franco's parents were born in Uruguay and she is a fan of Olimpia in Paraguay and Peñarol in Uruguay.[7] Franco played football before pursuing javelin.[7] She is also a graduate in Business Administration.[7]

Acting career[edit]

In 2013, Franco was cast for the role of Younger Eliza Lynch in the film which was filmed in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, France, England and Ireland.[8] Film Ireland described Franco's performance as "beautifully captures the spirit of a young Eliza Lynch".[9]


Year Show Role Notes
2013 Republic of Ireland Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay Younger Eliza Lynch[2][3]

Personal bests[edit]

Competition record[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Paraguay
1996 South American Youth Championships Asunción, Paraguay 8th 4 × 100 m relay 53.89 s
11th Long jump 4.60 m
8th Pentathlon 2236 pts
1997 South American Junior Championships San Carlos, Uruguay 7th (h) 200 m 28.61 s (wind: +1.1 m/s)
7th (h) 400 m 66.89 s
7th 4 × 100 m relay 55.08 s
1998 South American Junior Championships Córdoba, Argentina 8th Triple jump 11.03 m
6th Javelin throw 39.35 m
South American Youth Championships Manaus, Brazil 5th Triple jump 10.68 m
1st Javelin throw 40.26 m
6th Pentathlon 2602 pts
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 7th (q) Javelin throw 43.56 m
South American Junior Championships Concepción, Chile 3rd Javelin throw 42.26 m
2000 Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th Javelin throw 45.08 m
South American Junior Championships São Leopoldo, Brazil 3rd Javelin throw 46.50 m
2001 Universiade Beijing, China 10th Javelin throw 43.69 m
South American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 11th Long jump 5.06 m
1st Javelin throw 43.69 m
Pan American Junior Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 2nd Javelin throw 47.28 m
2003 South American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 7th Javelin throw 45.06 m
Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. 8th Javelin throw 50.21 m
World Championships Paris, France 24th (q) Javelin throw 51.13 m
2004 South American U23 Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1st Javelin throw 51.53 m
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 7th Javelin throw 50.00 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 42nd (q) Javelin throw 50.37 m
2007 South American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 3rd Javelin throw 53.80 m
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th Javelin throw 52.24 m
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 10th Javelin throw 52.24 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 51st (q) Javelin throw 45.34 m
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 14th (q) Javelin throw 48.26 m
2011 South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd Javelin throw 55.66 m (NR)
ALBA Games Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2nd Javelin throw 56.17 m
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 13th Javelin throw 48.70 m
2012 Ibero-American Championships Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2nd Javelin throw 57.77 m (NR)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 34th (q) Javelin throw 51.45 m
2013 South American Championships Cartagena, Colombia 4th Javelin throw 54.79 m
2014 South American Games Santiago, Chile 5th Javelin throw 52.86 m

National championships[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 Paraguayan Athletics Championships Asunción, Paraguay 1st Javelin throw 50.51m
2014 Paraguayan Athletics Championships Asunción, Paraguay 1st Javelin throw 45.95m

Seasonal bests[edit]

IAAF Profile[10]

  • 1999 - 43.56
  • 2000 - 46.50
  • 2001 - 47.28
  • 2002 - 51.81
  • 2003 - 53.09
  • 2004 - 54.68
  • 2005 - 49.78
  • 2007 - 55.38
  • 2008 - 53.34
  • 2010 - 50.98
  • 2011 - 55.66
  • 2012 - 57.77 (NR)
  • 2013 - 55.68
  • 2014 - 52.86


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