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Brazil’s top sprinter tests positive for steroids

Ana Claudia Lemos

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Ana Claudia Lemos Da Silva of Brazil and Simone Facey of Jamaica compete in the women’s 200m final during Day 13 of the XVI Pan American Games at Telmex Athletics Stadium on October 27, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lemos Da Silva won the gold medal and Facey the silver. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Ana Claudia Lemos, the Brazilian record holder in the 100m and 200m, tested positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone, the Brazil Anti-Doping Authority said on Thursday.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the authority only confirmed the case, and said Lemos requested the B sample be tested.

Brazil’s athletics confederation said in another statement that it was still to be informed of the case.

The 27-year-old Lemos is Brazil’s biggest hope for a medal in the 4x100m relay at the Rio Olympics.

Lemos’ coach, Katsuhico Nakaya, could not be contacted by the AP.

Lemos ranked tied for 23rd in the world in the 100m last year with a personal-best 11.01 seconds.

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