15 October 2008

A Beauty Queen Hit the Heart of Novak Djokovik

Who says that beauty queens are fragile and delicate?

That's definitely a wrong notion because you can be a beauty queen and an athlete at the same time. Take the case of Paraguayan beauty queen who stole the limelight last Olympics in Beijing. Make way to Leryn Franco.

I remember while the Beijing Olympics was ongoing, one of the hottest topics in blogs and other discussion boards was this apparently tall lady who was marching along with the Paraguayan contingent on the opening day. No one noticed here immediately but after few days, she was named as a beauty queen from Paraguay who is competing in javelin throw.

Wow. What an incredible woman?

In 2006, Leryn joined Miss Paraguay contest and she ended up as a runner up. She participated at the Miss Bikini Universe pageant and also has her own calendar which was shot in 2007 by Martin Crespo.

Here is a news about her from theimproper.com.

Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco wowed the catwalk this week. The 26-year old model, who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in August, worked the catwalk in revealing tops and sexy lingerie at a recent fashion show.

The leggy Leryn has been a part-time model and bikini contestant for years while competing in javelin events.

In 2006, she was the runner-up in the Miss Paraguay beauty pageant and Miss Bikini Universe contest. Leryn became an Internet sensation this summer, thanks to her athletic good looks, and it looks like her newfound notoriety has helped boost her modeling career.

"Modeling is a way for me to continue with my sport," Franco said. "The hours are flexible, and you can earn good money through photographic modeling and the catwalk."

In 2004, Franco competed at the Athens Olympics, where she placed 42nd overall. Leryn's personal best throw is 55.38 meters, achieved in May 2007. Leryn was born 1982 in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay. Her full name is Leryn Dahiana Franco Stenery, and she's 5'8" tall and 123 lbs.

In 1998, Franco set the Paraguayan national records for javelin and triple jump in the under-17 age group. In 2001, Leryn won the South American Junior Championship for javelin. She has competed in javelin and track since she was a teen.

Leryn is reportedly dating Novak Djokovic, a 21-year-old Serbian tennis player who's currently ranked No. 3 in the world. The 6'3" Djokovic, who makes his home in Monaco, won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January 2008. The sizzling duo were seen walking around hand-in-hand at the Olympic village in Beijing this summer.