Twenty-two countries and about 2,000 athletes participated. The opening ceremony and the majority of events were held at Shepherd’s Bush Stadium. New events included diving , motorboating, indoor tennis, and field hockey . The track-and-field events were marked by bickering between American athletes and British officials. The 400-metre final was nullified by officials who disqualified the apparent winner, American John Carpenter , for deliberately impeding the path of Wyndham Halswelle of Great Britain. A new race was ordered, but the other qualifiers, both American, refused to run. Halswelle then won the gold in the only walkover in Olympic history. See also Sidebar: Dorando Pietri: Falling at the Finish . Henry Taylor of Great Britain starred in the swimming events, winning three gold medals.
West Germany qualified for the 1988 Olympics , where they achieved their best ever result: third place. Having emerged from a group including China , Sweden and Tunisia , they beat Zambia 4–0 in the quarter finals. After losing on penalties to Brazil in the semi-finals, they beat Italy 3–0 to take the bronze medals: to date, this is the team's only tournament victory against Italy. Three strikers from the Olympic squad - Jürgen Klinsmann , Frank Mill and Karlheinz Riedle - would go on to win the World Cup two years later , along with midfielder Thomas Häßler .
But Götz had no regrets and went on to win the UEFA Cup in 1988 with his new West German team, Bayer Leverkusen. But life in the West did not mean he, or others, had escaped the clutches of the Stasi (indeed, he later found out that the Stasi had, within their files, photographs of his new home in West Germany). Cases of defectors drugged and smuggled back East, although rare, were not unheard of. A friend of Götz in West Germany, a fellow East German, was killed in a car accident. Götz, suspecting it was no accident, feared for his own life.