Photos: The Leryn Franco Story


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 2004, 2008 and 2012Olympics competing in the javelin throw.

On 8 June 2012, Franco achieved a personal best throw of 57.77 min 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 the younger Eliza Lynch.

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

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 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”