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Leryn Franco

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Leryn Franco, born 1 March 1982 in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay is a model and athlete. She specializes in the javelin throw and became an internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her personal best throw is 55.66 metres, achieved in June, 2011 in Buenos Aires. She is perhaps more famous for her beauty than her athletic ability, however, and has appeared, most notably, in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Raised in the capital of AsunciĆ³n, she broke the national records for the under 17 year age group in 1998 for both the javelin and triple jump. After winning bronze medals in 1999 and 2000, Franco won the South American Junior Championship javelin title in 2001. Franco was South American under 23 champion in 2004.

Her performances at world level are 24th in the 2003 World Championship and 42nd out of 45 at the Athens Olympics. Although she set her personal best in 2007, she finished 12th at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, she competed in the Beijing Olympics. She combines her athletic endeavours with a career as a model and beauty pageant contestant. In 2006, she was runner-up Miss Universo Paraguay 2006. She participated at the Miss Bikini Universe pageant and also has her own calendar, which was shot in 2007 by Martin Crespo. She placed #86 in AskMen.com's 2009 "Top 99 Women" poll. On 14 December 2009, Bleacher Report ranked her as No. 6 in its list of "The 40 Hottest Female Athletes Of The Decade" On 23 August 2010, Bleacher Report upgraded Leryn Franco to No. 1 in its list of "The 100 Hottest Athletes Of All Time". She placed #64 in AskMen.com's 2012 "Top 99 Women"

Because of her natural beauty and her inclination toward athletics, she decided to put both interests to good use by pursuing a sporting career and seeking out modeling experience at the same time. On the sporting side of things, Leryn Franco first gained attention in athletics by competing nationally in the javelin throw and the triple jump in 1998. As a participant in the under-17 group, Leryn Franco surpassed all expectations by breaking national records in each sport, proving that her athletic abilities should be taken seriously. Leryn Franco eventually chose the javelin throw as her area of expertise, winning a pair of bronze medals in 1999 and 2000 at the South American Junior Championships before walking away with top honors at the 2001 event. Three years later, she won the national championship in the under-23 age group, showing that she had the chops to win at a national level and compete higher on an international scale.

Her strong showing at the national championship, coupled with her appearance at the 2003 Pan Am Games, gave her a taste of intense national and international competition. It was now time for her to perform on the grandest stage of all at the Olympics and, in 2004, she was off to Athens to do just that. Competing in the javelin throw, Leryn Franco threw her javelin only 50.37 meters, which placed her at a disappointing No. 42 at the end of competition. Despite not having achieved the success she wanted in her first Olympic appearance, Leryn Franco continued to practice her favorite sport and devoted some of her free time to modeling. In 2006, she entered a pair of beauty competitions -- the Miss Bikini Universe Pageant and the Miss Paraguay Pageant -- where she finished in second place. At this point, Leryn was content with her modeling accomplishments but was also aching for more Olympic action. In 2007, Leryn Franco continued her modeling career by appearing in her very own calendar - another first for her that came from the gifted lens of photographer Martin Crespo.

Although it was a success, Leryn Franco was eager for more javelin and, with the help of hefty sponsorships, she got another chance to compete in the Olympics, this time at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Even though she won another shot at an Olympic medal and also gained notoriety through her participation in the opening ceremonies, it was all for naught, as she finished second-to-last at the Games. While Franco may not have enjoyed the kind of Olympics success that she wanted, she has still earned the chance to represent her country twice at the biggest javelin competition in the world. She's also forged a successful path in modeling that promises to be brighter and racier in the near future. Word on the street is that her 2009 calendar will feature some particularly revealing photos that will likely make it a top-seller. Whether or not she participates in any future Olympics remains to be seen, but for now, Leryn Franco has her choice of picking up the javelin again or continuing with modeling.

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