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.