Fourth-Place Medal

Leryn Franco, 'the hot Paraguayan,' poses in SI swimsuit issue

Has it really been two and a half years since Fourth-Place Medal solved the mystery of the hot Paraguayan? My, how time flies when you're out solving Olympic-based conundrums.

In case you've forgotten, while watching the Opening Ceremony to the Beijing Games, we caught a glimpse of a stunning athlete with the Paraguayan delegation and needed to know who it was. (Only to quench our thirst for knowledge, of course.) The crack Fourth-Place Medal investigative unit was assembled, we looked into it and discovered that the woman in question was Leryn Franco, a javelin thrower competing for her home country.

Franco didn't qualify for the javelin finals in Beijing, finishing second-to-last in qualifying, and thus breaking the collective hearts of the billions watching on television. But she didn't go away; no sir. Like the Bard said, "can't nobody hold [her] down." (Or was that Puff Daddy?)

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Leryn Franco is featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

She seems to be a natural at the whole posing in swimsuits while looking vaguely bemused. Unlike a lot of athletes who appear in the pages of the swimsuit edition, Franco could pass as a model rather than an athlete trying to be a model. But don't let that stop you from pursuing your javelin dreams, Leryn. London, after all, is only two years away.

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