Leryn Franco in 2009
|Birth name||Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri|
|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|
|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. Franco participated at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics editions and is one of very few Paraguayan Actresses.
She specialized in the javelin throw and became an Internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 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.
Modeling and beauty pageants
Franco appeared in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 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.
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. Film Ireland described Franco's performance as "beautifully captures the spirit of a young Eliza Lynch".
|2013||Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay||Younger Eliza Lynch|
|2013||Paraguayan Athletics Championships||Asunción, Paraguay||1st||Javelin throw||50.51m|
|2014||Paraguayan Athletics Championships||Asunción, Paraguay||1st||Javelin throw||45.95m|
- "Javelin Thrower Leryn Franco". Sports Illustrated. 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Leryn Franco Personal 2007 calendar". Retrieved 2 August 2012.