Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri (born 1 March 1982 in Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay, of Uruguayan parentage). Leryn's natural beauty and her sporting prowess, allows her to pursue a career in athletics, as well as one of a professional model.
Her athletic career started in 1998 at the age of 16, breaking national records in both the javelin and triple jump. She eventually chose the javelin throw as her area of expertise. She went on to win javelin bronze in 1999 and 2000 at the South American Junior Championships, and in 2001 she walked away with top honours. Leryn was South American under-23 Champion in 2004, and in doing so she won herself a place on the Olympic team at the Athens Games, in 2004.
At the Pan American Games in 2007, Franco broke her own personal record, earning her the chance to represent her country at the Olympics for the second time, in Beijing, in 2008. She also gained notoriety through her participation in the opening ceremonies.
As a model and beauty pageant contestant Leryn was the runner-up in the 'Miss Universo Paraguay' competition in 2006 and also in the 'Miss Bikini Universe' pageant the same year. She also has her own calendar, which was shot in 2007 by Martin Crespo.
She has been romantically linked with Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, after they met at the Beijing Olympics.