Victoria's Secret eat your heart out: The Olympic javelin hopeful who is also a stunning bikini model
09:04 GMT, 28 July 2012
Leryn Franco is one of Paraguay's big hopefuls at the Olympic Games – but she's probably better known for her looks.
The 30-year-old javelin thrower, who will compete in the London Games, was the runner-up at Miss Universo Paraguay in 2006 and featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
The brunette bombshell, who is also a face of Nike, was ranked No. 64 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Women of 2012 and admits that her 'career is media' more than anything else.
Superstar: Leryn Franco is one of Paraguay's Olympic javelin hopefuls but she is probably better known for her looks. The brunette beauty was a runner-up in Miss Universo Paraguay and has appeared in Sports Illustrated
Beauty: A 2008 photograph of the javelin star (above) shows that she is a natural in front of the camera as well
She told Spanish-language news agency Efe that 'one can turn on the TV or look at a magazine and see me'.
The stunner gained significant media attention as a competitor in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Now she is back and although she is not expected to receive a medal in the javelin, fans from around the world are bound to get behind her – if not for glaringly obvious reasons.
She told the publication that she will not be let down if she leaves London empty-handed.
Preparing: The gorgeous star was seen covered up, practicing her sport ahead of the Olympic Games
She said: 'To qualify for London, the Olympics, is already a medal,' she said.
Athletically, she has shown serious improvement since her attempts at Beijing, where she was placed 51st.
She threw a personal-best of 55.66m during a meet held in Buenos Aires last year.
The impressive figure does not, however, give her very much hope when comparing it to the current world record, which is 72.28m, held by London's gold medal favourite Barbora Spotakova from the Czech Republic.
As a consolation prize, the stunner can bask in the fact she was included in Maxim's Sexiest Women Of The Olympics list.
Bombshell: The athlete said that her 'career is media' as there are photos of her everywhere
Lounging around: The star, seen in 2007, is not expecting to receive a medal at the London Olympic Games
She was also Yahoo's second most-searched Olympian during 2008, just behind champion swimmer Michael Phelps.
Ms Franco also competed in Athens in 2004 where she was placed 42 out of 44 competitors.
If her track record continues, she could prove quite a threat in London.