Fred Thompson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrederick Haughton "Fred"•Thompson
Used nameFred•Thompson
Born31 March 1908 in Christchurch, Canterbury (NZL)
Died15 December 1971 in Christchurch, Canterbury (NZL)
AffiliationsAvon Rowing Club, Christchurch (NZL)
NOC New Zealand
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


In addition to the silver medal in the coxless pairs Fred Thompson, also known by his nickname “Rangi”, competed in the coxed eights, but the New Zealand boat failed to qualify for the final. In the finals of the pairs in Los Angeles a holder for his and Bob Stiles’s boat’s rudder broke at the 600 metres mark but they held on to win silver. At the British Empire Games he won a silver medal in 1930 and a bronze medal in 1938, both in the eights. Prior to World War II he worked in a tannery, but lost an arm in a working accident, and was later a green grocer. He remained connected with his home club as a coach.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Rowing NZL Fred Thompson
Coxless Pairs, Men (Olympic) Bob Stiles 2 Silver
Eights, Men (Olympic) New Zealand 2 h1 r2/3

Special Notes


Date of birth is uncertain. Commonwealth Games data also has a DOB of 30 March 1910, but multiple sources confirm the DOB listed above.