Ratjen went on to win gold for Germany at the European Athletics Championships in Vienna in 1938. She cleared the bar in the high jump at meters, setting a new world record. On the train home, she was stopped by a policeman as she stretched her legs on the platform at Magdeburg. A ticket inspector had informed the officer that Ratjen was really a man disguised as a woman. The policeman asked Ratjen to accompany him to the station, and Ratjen was arrested that afternoon, charged with suspicion of fraud. Her gold medal was confiscated.
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