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Paralympic champion Caironi tests positive for steroid

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Sept. 5, 2012, Italy's Martina Caironi wins at Women's 100m T42 Final at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Two-time Paralympic gold medallist Martina Caironi has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a steroid.
FILE -- In this file photo taken on Sept. 5, 2012, Italy's Martina Caironi wins at Women's 100m T42 Final at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Two-time Paralympic gold medallist Martina Caironi has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a steroid. AP Photo

Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Martina Caironi was provisionally suspended Wednesday after testing positive for a steroid.

Italy's anti-doping agency says Caironi failed an out-of-competition test on Oct. 17 in Bologna.

The 30-year-old Caironi won the T42 100 meters at both the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She also won a silver medal in the T42 long jump in Rio — where she was Italy's flagbearer.

The T42 category is for single above-knee amputees and athletes with similar impairments.

Caironi had her left leg amputated following a motorcycle accident in 2007.

Nado Italia, the anti-doping agency, says Caironi tested positive for the steroid Clostebol.

Caironi said the banned substance was contained in a cream she used to treat an ulcer on the stump of her amputated leg. She said she used it in small doses initially, then eventually declared it as a Therapeutic Use Exemption.

Caironi had been preparing to compete in the world para athletics championships in Dubai beginning Thursday.

"Now I find myself having to miss a worlds in a key year and still without having found a definitive cure for my ulcer," Caironi said in a statement.

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