A court in Magdeburg, Germany, ruled that German swimmer Astrid Strauss can make a bid for another berth on the Olympic team while she is under investigation for possible drug use. The court ordered the German Swimming Federation to allow the Olympic silver medalist to compete at the national championships or face a fine.
Strauss, second-place finisher in the 800-meter freestyle at the 1988 Games, was suspended last week until the completion of an investigation by the swimming federation. The suspension followed a drug test that showed unusually high levels of testosterone in Strauss' body, indicating possible use of performance-enhancing steroids. She faces a six-month suspension if found guilty.