German long jumper Susen Tiedtke-Greene returned to international competition with the last-minute approval of track and field’s international governing body.
She was surrounded by fans seeking autographs after winning with a jump of 22 feet, 5 inches, her first competition after serving two years of a four-year ban imposed by the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
In the weeks leading up to the meet, her intention to participate in the Rentmeester Permit meet appeared to defy the ban.
But just hours before Tiedtke-Greene competed, the IAAF decided to accept the shorter two-year drug ban in countries that refuse to apply four-year penalties.
The decision by the IAAF recognized that the organization is powerless to enforce its four-year ban for steroid use in many countries, including Germany.