Track Beauty of the Week: Leryn Franco

Leryn Franco is this week’s track beauty!

Franco shot to worldwide fame at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she became an internet sensation. With her good looks, she stood out amongst the field of competitors. But then again, to say that Leryn is good-looking is an understatement.


Photos from Leryn Franco’s Facebook fan page and Oscar Munoz Badilla

The approachable Leryn is no stranger to this blog, having been one of the first elite athletes to answer the 10-for-10 quiz, despite her busy schedule.

Read: “10-for-10: Leryn Franco talks about London 2012, competing and Yoann Gourcoff!”

Some people might dismiss Franco as nothing more than a pretty face. However, competing in two Olympic Games and the World Championships  are achievements in themselves. Among all the athletes in the world, not many could say that they had competed on the world’s biggest stage!

Although Leryn’s best finish in a major international event is 24th place back in the 2003 Paris World Championships, the Paraguayan javelin thrower is a force to be reckoned with in South American athletics. As a junior, she set national U-17 records in both the javelin throw and the triple jump – a testament to her versatile athleticism! In 2001 and 2004, she won Junior and U-23 continental titles in the javelin, respectively.


Photos from Tetsumo and Leryn Franco’s Facebook fan page

Her detractors might have dismissed Franco as a has-been after her dismal 45.34m throw in Beijing (she placed 51st). But the competitive Paraguayan crawled back from the slump of 2008, setting a new national record of 55.66m, en route to winning the silver medal at the recently-concluded 2011 South American Championships – while having a vibrant career as a fashion model.

Indeed, Leryn Franco is more than just a pretty face. She is a certified track (or in this case, field) beauty!

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